The two leading Democratic candidates for governor took different approaches Wednesday to pocketbook issues, such as how to pay for the rising cost of college and easing highway congestion in an appearance before the editorial board of The Dallas Morning News.
On college tuition, former Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez proposed to reverse the Legislature’s 2003 decision to let state schools set their own rates and fees. She said lawmakers, aided by experts, should again set tuition. But she offered few details.
“I think we would have to just set a wage, or set a standard to which would be fair all across the state,” Valdez said. “There’s tuition in some schools that are a lot higher than others. We should look at the experts in education and have them help us stair step, or set a standard in tuition. You can’t do this on your own.”
Houston investor Andrew White stopped short of supporting re-regulation of tuition. But he said that if elected, “at the very minimum” he would press lawmakers to pass a law requiring state universities and colleges to guarantee tuition for an entering student stayed the same for four years.
“They better graduate in four years because after that, we’re not going to freeze it,” he said.
White said the source of the problem is reduced state funding of higher education. However, he offered no details on how he’d find more money for public colleges and universities.
Valdez, White and four other Democrats fielded questions about education, taxes, social issues and how as a member of the