Interesting article on a proposal to allow individual North Carolina community colleges  “tack a local surcharge onto student tuition as campuses search for money to upgrade equipment to train future workers for jobs in manufacturing and health care.”

Note the AP article starts off saying the up-to $256.00 surcharge would aid the schools’ “schools’ mission to prepare North Carolina’s workforce for in-demand jobs.” But then the other shoe drops:

If approved by the General Assembly, the additional money generated by the surcharge could be used to increase the salaries of employees at community colleges or to hire new employees, Green said. It also could be used to purchase equipment at the schools and help pay for building projects on the campuses.

With that in mind, I wonder how many of the state’s community colleges will opt out of the surcharge. My guess is few, if any.