State Senate Democrats say students who attend four years of high school in Michigan and graduate should have their college tuitions paid for by the state. Democrats unveiled a plan to pay for tuitions by ending tax breaks that add up to more than $3 billion dollars a year.
Democratic Senator Bert Johnson says he thinks the plan would attract more businesses to the state.
"It's an incredible opportunity because essentially you're promising that Michigan will have the nation's greatest workforce being developed here for future generations," he says.
Under the plan, students who spend all of their K-12 years in Michigan would be eligible for a grant covering the median cost of tuition.
A spokesperson for the Senate Republicans says G.O.P. lawmakers are open to discussing plans to keep and educate students in Michigan, but she says lawmakers must also be aware of the cost of enacting such a major proposal.