Jan 5, 2017|
Bob in for Tommy Tucker. Bob talks to Robert Kelchen, Assistant Prof. in the Dept. of Education Leadership, Management, and Policy at Seton Hall, about a plan that would let students whose families earn less than $125,000 go to college for free.
Tommy talks to Kevin in Metairie about his wife's need for medication to cope with constant, chronic pain.
Tommy talks to WWL-TV reporter Meg Farris about a new report that New Orleans had more drug-related deaths than homicides.
Tommy talks to State Representative Cameron Henry about the current state and the future of TOPS.
Tommy talks to David Howard, Professor in the Dept. of Health Policy and Management at Emory University, about the state of Obamacare going forward.
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Here's Bob Mitchell in for Tommy talker on WW LA MF women dot com good morning Chris it's 8 minutes after 6 o'clock argue and Dave earlier this morning talking about the possibility the slim the remote possibility. Of snow and it is amazing how we would love to see snow we would do anything stow would be a pleasure for us. Yet I have a buddy of mine who lives in Chicago. Am I wanted to go visit him lesson would be great may be to come up between Christmas and new years is that you don't wanna do that. People live with the snow all the time healed totally different about it. Get well actually you do wanna do that because you don't have to shovel it you don't have to really drive in it your afterward about the snowplow coming by burying your car that's parallel parked. In several feet up. Bryant Pia told me that he hasn't heated steering went oh. And that he tries to stay off of the streets completely awesome but we would like to enjoy that we would like to do. Experience something that we think that would be quickly is it you just think that he's gonna like you mentioned to me what you just you know. The lasting new ones have to have your car parked on the street. And still apply all of those by actually might not be able to two car door open so it does she always want what you don't well we don't like is that we just want to visit it. But we don't want to live with Andre wanna help you deal with either and and don't ask us to help shovel were coming to visit your right and what he comes visits down here. We are used to the that the temperature in fact I remember one year I was in Chicago. And the temperature was something like I don't know 89 degrees and the book. 70% humidity. And people were complaining that bottle awful it was and I said no you'll understand in New Orleans we get 9590. Degree weather in 95. Degrees of the united vibe that you militaries so we know we noticed the suffering that he. Always aware thank you think gross. Well good morning. Have you heard the F have you heard the news especially if you all have been trying to get your kid more money from tops. Well after spending a weekend of Bernie with the Bernie Sanders the joke teller Andrew Cuomo is now pledging. To cover tuition cost at state colleges for hundreds of thousands of middle and low income New Yorkers. Under the government plan college students. Who have been accepted to a state or city university in New York including two year Community Colleges will be eligible provided. Their family makes less than a 125000. Dollars a year. So if New York. Can spend all of that money Dwyer was spending less money here in Louisiana. And what they have reason constant tops cost your family. I've heard of several for him by own firmly have a granddaughter. Who was expecting tops multi worked her little butt off to get this money. The family expected her to have the tops money. And then all of a sudden had to take and do whatever they had to do to come up with more mole is so she could don't go to college so. With the reason constant pops how much more are you going to have to pay intuition. Now if the state really wants to improve the education level Louisiana. And we seem to always be on the bottom of Apollo. If the state wants to would improve the education level of Louisiana should not be a priority to make sure those who just don't have the money for higher education would be preventable or. One vote comes down to the bottom line who's responsible. To educate your Trout you. Or the government are big 870 pretty jaguar opinion poll question should students whose families earn. Off under 25 files and also let's go to college. For free here in the Louisiana girl a to draw against real quick like that we'll go to locked our special gift for the sale flower. Kia in pot to to how warrior this morning. I'm absolutely great did via top program up affect you at all. I have that and school and we were receiving that hat up until they cut it out for the last. Ear and I. But I look at it when I ended. In school and now. And the four. Seniors and their parents but met here but they've. This coming year that he can hit that they eat but you. Beat his people that he would but the people to explain what going on in the short version. It because the united Whitney quiet outlet end. The people. Yet there. Life. We are hopeful. That we will be able to do. What would happen in the future that we. It and make it like that are paying. It RV programming. Beam me they have really bad at 88 yet. At that right. But. We have. In the years that it. But I think that. Or you can keep it that you. Bowler one ear. That. We epic. Gotcha votes notes. Although it's an if they get off. Why we're gonna speak right now to Robert culture and assistant professor in the Department of Education leadership management. And policy at Seton Hall University Robert thank you for being on the show this morning. How is New York going to accomplish. Giving everyone who while applies who makes under 125000. Dollars three education. I thought New York financially it was in terrible shape in my wrong. They're not in great shape. But they're a lot better shape than we can't. Pop pop pop up while but it doesn't take much to get better than Louisiana. But Baxter. And their credit they get pretty well they'll look at about a 163 million dollars per year. Because of the art yet pretty generous scholarship and copper. All tuition per bolt on constant sore. I guess the bottom line here is who was responsible. To educate your child. Is that you all the government. The question that we've been debating for decades. And you know everybody does. Everybody does not want the government in a fear has we have too much governor government interference in this but then when it comes as something people want. And what the government to step up and give them the money did he give it to them. People are set up a putt putt but a the other all the pre launch I was like to go to lunch and some little suspecting that the off to do do you see the top program. Getting any better here because there are many people have someone in my family. And we. Hold a trial if you work hard you get good grades and you're gonna get accepted. And we're going to be able to put it through school with the tops Malik Nadal was sudden at the last minute but they pulled Rogge out of people and I'm concerned that there are some people just may not be able come with the money to get their kids through school. It's a concern that the rug out about collapse meant. It's different in a state for years and aunts students not called bully by taking away money a couple months in advance is very typical. One know on my daughter was in that situation she had the budget set up for a granddaughter to to go to L issue in our thing was fun. Little slow and she calls usually pops. At the last minute you know I've got to come up about Pacman got an extra couple thousand dollars. And that's the opera students to do that and what some states like Georgia kept on that they won't be taken away. That binds our progress. It kick in Kuwait City copper and feet. And underwrote a couple hundred dollars a year compared you say 200 dollars and one last. Was it just. When it comes to budgeting to money for tops. Did did the state here just not realized what they had to come up with you know we talked so much in this state. About we have to do better and education that we have to do more more things for our kids because that if you don't if you don't educate this generation than. You you Rhode. Have a whole generation grew up as not qualified to do politics should not that have been the number one budget item that we can't cut this. Well do you think it more important thing K12 education healthcare and those are to be weak big budget items. That in most states are difficult to cut constitutional. And and student can pay for college you can not people. Legislators see that and they are willing to make more cut tire at culprit that ultra rapid source. Robert words New York getting this a money formally tapped. And new fees were new taxes. It's not really clear that point. It might be new taxes and might be money from something else or might even just be more up a public speak tactic at that point. And what is the legislature may not agree to a plan. So this this program still have to be approved it's not something that the governor just announced this but that's what he wants to do doesn't mean he's going to be able to do it. Now and other states tried things similar to what New York is doing and if so how that worked. More similar to at this point can see which and after the tenth he promised program backed corporate community college tuition for Steve. And at this point they seem pretty large increases in community college. New York palpable that farther back to burst which net four year colleges as well. Why oh why do you think college cost to show ha. I could probably spend an entire hour talking about. It's a range of factors which ranging from the you have are the all white people still teaching our actions like that to two years ago. And at that they're going all. Students more newer nicer facility you. So a whole range of things that are responsible for writing increase is also in the leaking out. State funding going down that how even though tuition is that I think we as much at about states. I guess the bottom line here is who is responsible to educate your child. Is it you were the government you know should you take and realized my children have to go to school. I have about three grandsons. And sooner or later they're all gonna have to go off to college so. Is that the family's responsibility. To say I can't dependable on the government for any thing and I want my kids to be educated shall have to make all the sacrifice fly again. Bottom line or families responsible. For their kids to go to school. I would say that Hamlisch should prepare and it's been no support coming from the government. You handled some support will probably dot com. In it in New York right know what what this program. Do you have all on number that you expect students to take advantage of this a total number. There about 940000. Students in the state who could take advantage other. And they'll probably increase enrollment in the state by a few percent. If this gets approved. How soon does not likely to happen or not happen. It's supposed to be safe Stan. Over the next three or four years I think it's quote before Lee in place by 2019 or 21. So it will not affect only seventeen at all. I. Robert thank you so much of being on the show this morning. All right did you were you expecting. A top grant then you didn't get it. If so Hollis that affected you how's that affected your family. What a sacrifice to you need to make and if you don't mind sharing a number with us. How much did the the top should not be in funded really her here friendly. And one of anything are you going to be able to do Obama to make sure your kid goes to college are bigots ebony pray jaguar. Ready jaguar opinion poll question. Should students whose that was earn less than a 145000. Dollars go to college for free. Because there are people's punish people people who have the money. Say while this state or government should not give you anything for your education. You should be the one responsible you should make sacrifices don't take the troop build of the big screen TV say volume is cute kid can go to school. 260170. Right now. It's interesting here very very interest. 888%. Say no. I thought it was going to be the other way around. 12% say yes some relief. Cool things happen on this date. In 1933. This is amazing. Bowl the national. An American baseball league decided to use a uniform size baseball. It was the first time in 33 years at both league used the same. Baseball. One Mosul look larger than the other I did know and if I wonder what they did in the two teams met in the World Series part of that I don't know obviously if you curled Baldwin. It would make sense maybe you're the use the size ball low for the leave them home on. I don't know but I had no clue about and in 1933. Construction of the Golden Gate Bridge began. Well what a project that was. The unbelievable. Unbelievable technology that they were able put that bridge together. Well with Louisiana spending less money on higher education New York is looking to spend more. Governor who low and Bernie Sanders announced free college in New York friendly as the port New York films or in less than a 125000. Miles a year ago. How much should the government help it comes to college should be based on merit. And need BJ I probably with him 12 I did one read to a quick text messages. Bob have a senior daughter both late four point two GPA at only seven on a CT gets. Now with also point to four point two. I thought that was a myth or point two now. She eat. I'm sure the a's CTO and all the Mike's 27 party. When he set was pretty good about it but it. I don't know what I through the Max course 3627. Will be good Alamo they changed or not though. I don't know. And we have the other side of this what's wrong with students being responsible. For their own tuitions are adults there's student loans like most used prior to the top program all right let's go to Vijay and Baton Rouge. AJ thank you for Colin in this morning. Michael Knight so both those responsible to educate our kids us. Arnold government. Ultimately ultimately. Be the parents or an embassy and the student and sells all responsible for educating. Educate themselves the question is this is that. Public education has been made. Where I would say he has been here right. For hundreds of years we actually what we actually put people in jail. If students don't go to class right yeah so. Just say that. All the characters that education. Should be solely on order the parents. Is a bit disingenuous. Get the story during the break about crime. And and though we Joplin injury obviously. Climate related. To lack of education. If we don't stored truly educating. Our our young ones where we're doing now. Does does education and at well there's it and are still. No it doesn't sort question is due to better ourselves and society. How do we help educate. Eighteen years handled that we do Dexter question but no it's not a right. It's not a right it's a privilege but we have to realize. That we have an obligation and does decide. All right BJ affection but very very good ploy note. As society. As a state. As a country we are better off of our children are educated. So how much should government got involved I personally believe that any one. Pool. Can make the qualification anyone who can dog get into college if they won a goal they should they should be able to ago the government should figure out some kind of what. I think usually based on merit I think if you can afford to put your children. And school. Then and you have no problem doing that you have a fund financial capability to do so than the money should go to someone else. I guess it boils down to that bottom line. Who's responsible. The parent the child. State we know apart kids are better educated. Were all gonna come out on top. This cops program really hurt a lot of people. Did it hurt you there was so many families. Who had their money plan who did what they had to do. Told the kids you make these good grades and you're going to be able to go to college. Mom and dad work hard put the money on the side all of a sudden at the last minute top so sorry. You can't have all that money and that's what hurt a lot of people. If they had been warned well in advance man was gonna major adjustment so. Has the top program per view have you had the really sacrifice to come up with the extra money. War could you possibly be one of those slam is where you have to tell you yet I'm sorry you're gonna have to sit out a semester let's go to Dorothea Dorothy thank you so much a pro and WWL. I ignored. I graduated in today and she has chipped it around I don't have a problem with student loans. But the interest rates one but not in a quarter and the apple went eight and 10%. Now the government could definitely do better job with interest. And that's my complain. When it comes to the government helping people to go to college those people let's face it there are some people. Who want their children to go to college that kids do well schools they just don't care of the multi. How much should they be helped. More on the bubble but I mean I'm a single parent I held my daughter is much a factor. And record that she does it in the world but its infantry. And you'd in his element that money. Go to school. Interest stall. So you don't are hanging on there or own. By the time they graduate cabal that are on the gradually it might have about the without sort of. We'll have to liabilities young people to go to college and get up the gut student little compiled a very very. I know and and unfriendly one in my. Well no one among some losses still play and on his student loan since getting out of all law school so you're saying that you would rather than. Have eight top program I think of at a fund in the sport you stop me. Just at Pam student loans put have a very low interest. No I'm not in the cap problem is great you are with my daughter when I say cheaper than that the that the cheer hi in eight CG so our I'd say he's always. The chief they'll add you know can't you had a tuition. I just think. I don't have a problem and say what had happened in our own interest rate. I want everything Katrina and a two point I don't know that we are and why couldn't make it but he is. Sounds like a good idea Dorothea thank you so much okay thank. Now do you agree with Ortiz that might be a very good thing that might help a lot of these things because. Ottawa things we heard a Bernie Sanders talk about what it was running for president. And then as the debt on student polled somewhere around a trillion dollars to maybe one of the things to do for the government to do with. Thinking about making it to kids and go to school. As low low low low low. Interest on student loans quick text message. And then we'll get to our phones bobbled a 50000 dollar shows the show and went on to a good tablet device solution to do well or he CT. Expecting an investment to play shore in a position. Four top scholarships will no warning no preparation time the rug was pulled out from under us regarding to optional now. Do like a good strong American supposed to do and sucked it up and make sacrifices for my daughter's college education. Good good good good led to a text of that story Ryan thank you for calling WWL. I get more Howard is no different respective. I'm part I'd buy it Beecher. So I've I've these students dealing with cops or are they are in the proper earning. Or let a lot of people mistake about proper that it pays for all their tuition which adept at age for the any average. The average of tuition for in state public universe. Now what New York want to do will pay for the entire tuition. Well. Yeah there's no such thing in the pre launch. Well the money that money coming from. Come from the taxpayers but as far as someone who have to pay tuition and as saying I can't afford tuition for my kid. In New York you're friendly earns under point 5000 Bulger gonna get go to school free card. Well but here's my question. Won't wind at our society built from. I need everything refereeing to. I mean to get my education. And then ultimately I have 75000 dollars. And I'm gonna have more backward soccer. Let me let me ask this question as a teacher do you think a person. That you got a student loan do you think a person. Appreciates and education more. When they have to get alone appreciates and education more when they have to work for their own agitation. Motivates them more well they have to pay for their own education as someone just demean them along the money or of a free ride on education. Absolutely exact same thing win aired by child of their first vehicle or so that worked printer are you. Big and take more pride in what date at the perch. Rather than what was given to that. And. I don't see where society is Gordon in the in the current bet everything. Given that. Well I I think a lot of the arch what does top program and I know because I am a daughter that's involved and she's a school aged schoolteacher too. Is that they planned their budget. They play and the money there were going have to spend on education the states that this is what you're going to get and they did not plan for any more money and then at the last instant. There was no warning was in those six month one year warnings on Sar were not going to be able look. But I held on your child's education pulled the rug at the last minute and grab bush a lot of people by surprise. You know I think. That honestly was a little lack of preparation. Prompt from baton that the debate in new terminal. Eight Baikonur for career. At one. They should have Ryan I thank you so much just hate to go but up I've got news coming up Stephen Johnston and Lloyd hang on we will get right to your calls. After the top of the hour on WW well should students whose families earn a 125000. Dolls a blessed. Go to college for free. They're gonna do it in New York should be doing in Louisiana Bob Mitchell and atomic talker on WWL.