The Assembly Higher Education Committee recently voted down a bill (A2991) that would have provided free college tuition to Gold Star families.
As part of the legislation, dependent family members of New York State military personnel who die on state or federal active duty would receive free tuition and room and board at a CUNY or SUNY institution.
The Assembly’s Higher Education Committee Chair stated that the scholarships weren’t appropriate because they would be deemed an “entitlement.”
Not advancing the legislation was another example of Democrats in Albany having the wrong priorities, especially given the fact that they supported $27 million to provide free college tuition to the children of undocumented immigrants in the state budget passed earlier this month. This is unacceptable!
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