McKenna: Put money back into higher education

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SEATTLE (AP) -- Washington Attorney General Rob McKenna says if he's elected governor he would work to restore state dollars for higher education.

He says his goal would be to have Washington students and their families pay half the cost of their education at one of our state universities and have the state pick up the rest of the cost.

When McKenna was a student at the University of Washington, the state covered two-thirds of the full cost of an in-state university education. Now the numbers have flipped and tuition and fees cover close to 70 percent.

McKenna would pay for the increases in the higher education budget by prioritizing future income after the recession for education

At a campaign event at his alma mater on Friday afternoon, McKenna said his other priority would be to give more Washington young people a chance to go to college and make sure the state graduate more college students.