NewsRadio 920 WHJJ and the Associated Press

EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (AP) — Democratic gubernatorial candidate Clay Pell is proposing that some students receive free tuition at the Community College of Rhode Island for two years, as one of several steps the state can take to make college more affordable for all Rhode Islanders.

Pell released his education proposal on Wednesday.

He also is calling for a two-year tuition freeze program for higher education at public institutions and additional aid for college grants.

He also proposes an expedited system of paying for school construction that would save local government money, as well as improving language instruction.

Pell says he loaned his campaign an additional $1 million on top of $1 million he previously loaned his campaign. He now has $2 million in his campaign account. He faces fellow Democrats Gina Raimondo and Angel Taveras in the September primary.