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A woman walks along 68th Street on the campus of Hunter College of The City University of New York, April 10, 2017 in New York City. Following a state budget approval on Sunday, New York will be the first state to make public colleges and universities free for qualified middle-class students with a family income under $125,000. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)MoreCloseclosemore
A woman walks along 68th Street on the campus of Hunter College of The City University of New York, April 10, 2017 in New York City. Following a state budget approval on Sunday, New York will be the first state to make public colleges and universities free for qualified middle-class students with a family income under $125,000. (Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

New York has become the first state to offer both four- and two-year public college tuition free to families making less than $100,000.

Here & Now's Robin Young speaks to Jim Malatras (@jimmalatras), one of the architects of the state plan. Until recently Malatras was director of state operations for New York's governor (@NYgovCuomo). He's now president of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Institute of Government in Albany.

This segment aired on April 12, 2017.

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