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Maine Lawmakers Aim to Tackle Student Debt
10/31/2013 03:32 PM ET  

Two bills aimed at reducing the burden of student debt are among the approximately 100 bills legislative leaders approved for consideration in the upcoming session.

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) _ Maine lawmakers will explore measures next session designed to tackle student debt, including plans to make college tuition free for students who agree to pay the state back with part of their income after they get a job.

Under a measure introduced by Democratic Senate President Justin Alfond, the state would examine ways to provide loans to public university students, who would then pay back a percentage of their income over 20 years.

It was one of the roughly 100 bills approved by legislative leaders Wednesday for consideration when lawmakers return in January.

Lawmakers will also take up a similar measure introduced by Assistant Senate Republican Leader Roger Katz which would direct the state to study a tuition free-college pilot program currently being developed in Oregon.



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