Héctor Ferrer Emphasizes Pro-Student Measures
Popular Democratic Party (PDP) Resident Commissioner candidate Héctor Ferrer emphasized the importance of voting for a resident commissioner attuned to the U.S. Democratic Party to implement Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton’s education plan in Congress.
The PDP candidate placed particular emphasis on measures aimed toward a tuition-free bachelor’s degree for the youth, without the need to be indebted for years.
“Puerto Rico needs a voice in Congress that acts and works in favor of improving our people’s quality of life. Unfortunately, the President of the Puerto Rican Republican Party (Jenniffer González) has already demonstrated that she places her ideological obsession above Puerto Rico’s best interests. Hillary Clinton will be the next president, and we can’t allow Jennifer González to oppose measures that are so important for us as a country, just to align with her Republican colleagues,” maintained Ferrer at a press conference.
The PDP politician said he would launch the proposal “A Debt-Free Future for America’s Graduates” along the U.S. democratic delegation if elected resident commissioner, aiming to benefit the island’s young college students. Ferrer explained the initiative allows students to refinance student loans to current rates, just like borrowers can refinance car or home loans.
Other benefits include: implementing measures to encourage workers to help students pay their debts; business hopefuls could postpone their interest-free loans or payments for up to three years; eliminating college tuition for working families (families with a $125,000 income or less wouldn’t pay tuition on the University of Puerto Rico); protecting Federal Pell Grants to help middle and low-income students pay tuition costs, and foster and award innovators that design new creative ways of proportioning tuition at a low cost.
“I will work in Congress to achieve the approval of this Democrat initiative that is so important for our families and our college students. Education is the most important and fundamental piece for our societal and economic development, and for our youth to achieve their goals,” he explained.
Ferrer maintained that “it is urgent to provide relief for the thousands of Puerto Ricans who struggle to repay the high costs of university studies. We are supporting a three-year moratorium, and mechanisms to refinance that debt through which that monthly repayment schedule should never exceed 10% of the individual’s monthly income.”
The PDP candidate emphasized that presently, when students conclude their degrees they carry a considerable debt that limits their possibilities to purchase a home or car, or start a family or business.
“Education should not be subjected to a Republican candidate’s fanaticism. The country shouldn’t run the risk of sending to Washington a person that opposes measures presented by Democrats, merely for her ideological obsession,” sentenced Ferrer.