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I wonder what was going through the mind of Senator Richard Stevens last night as he joined his Republican colleagues in a vote to override Governor Perdue’s veto of a bill that allows local community college officials to refuse to make low-interest federal loans available to its students.

The original proposal to require community colleges to make the loans available came from a study commission that Stevens co-chaired and from legislation that he himself introduced in 2010.  It passed as part of the Democratic leadership’s budget that year that Stevens supported. 

Steven’s commission rightfully found in 2010 that all students in North Carolina deserved access to the low cost federal loans to help pay for their education and Stevens even pointed that out in the debate last year before inexplicably voting for the Republican legislation to allow colleges to refuse to offer the loans.

Last night Stevens, who is not seeking reelection, voted one more time to deny community college students the financial assistance that just two years ago he said was so important to their future.

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