Democrats in New York State have shown their true colors and proven where their loyalties lie. In their new budget, they set aside $27 million for children of illegal aliens. There had been an amendment that would have supplied just a few hundred thousand for the children of dead or disabled veterans, and they voted that down. Why is it that voters in deep blue states can’t see what their elected officials are doing? No matter how much the Democrats screw them over, they still go to the polls and vote for Democrats. Hopefully, by the time 2020 rolls around, they will decide that they have had all they can take.
Democrats set aside $27 million in tuition assistance for the children of undocumented immigrants in the new state budget — but wouldn’t add hundreds of thousands of dollars to expand a similar program for kids of deceased and disabled veterans.
A bill that has twice passed the state Senate — but never made it through the Assembly — would have added funding to a program that provides free tuition, room and board at any SUNY or CUNY college to children, spouses and financial dependents of “fallen soldiers” who died, became severely disabled or were classified as missing in action while serving in the military after 1990.
Such a program already exists and serves 145 students at a cost of $2.7 million — but only for relatives and dependents of vets who served in combat zones.
The Assembly Higher Education Committee voted 15-11 against allocating more funds to the program as part of the state budget.
Assemblywoman Deborah Glick (D-Manhattan), who chairs the committee, said budget constraints weighed against the program expansion, which she estimated would have cost several hundred thousand dollars.
“We will make every effort to ensure going forward, we have some additional resources allocated to the program so that as an entitlement, it is not falling short of the needs of our military families,” she said.
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