The imminent change in our national government raises the stakes for state and local action, making it more important than ever for regional leaders to protect and advance progressive public policy.

That’s why I am delighted by Governor Cuomo’s proposal, just announced this morning, to eliminate tuition costs at all SUNY and CUNY institutions for families making up to $125,000 (about 80% of New Yorkers.)

New York would be the first state in the nation with such a program – a great investment in human capital that will boost future economic growth, expand access to high education, and help cut down on student loan debt.