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Blunt gives free juco a failing grade

Sen. Roy Blunt said Wednesday he doesn’t support a federal program that would provide tuition-free community college opportunities for Americans.

“There’s never going to be enough money to do what the president proposes to do,” the Missouri Republican said in a phone call with reporters. “Very much the wrong direction.”

Blunt said states could pursue free community colleges on their own. But he said the federal government would impose too many restrictions on schools.

Blunt also talked about his aspirations for the State of the Union speech next week.

“I’d to hear more of a focus on private sector jobs,” he said.

Private-sector employment reached a record high in December according to the Current Employment Statistics compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

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