OPINION: A response to Cuomo’s state budget plans
The finish line for the state budget is slated for April 1. In order to meet that deadline, the N.Y. Senate and Assembly are likely to advance their own budget plans and then conference to work out their differences while they negotiate with the governor — all over the next few weeks!
One of the big problems with the budget is that the governor’s budget plan puts funding for the entire Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) at risk. His plan says that unless the legislature approves college financial aid for undocumented immigrants and tax credits for students attending private and parochial schools, there will be no money in the budget for TAP.
TAP could be completely eliminated — all $1 billion in aid for over 300,000 New York college student recipients. It boggles the mind. The governor’s plan is negligent and dangerous; it is time students put a stop to this issue and call on our elected representatives to end the threat against New York future, its students!
That’s why we must act now! Contact Sen. Martin Malavé Dilan and Assemblymember Maritza Davila today and tell them that they must reject the governor’s budget plan to put TAP at risk. Instead, urge them both to protect TAP awards and approve TAP aid for undocumented immigrants. It is time New York reinvest on the state’s higher education institutions for a brighter future.
Eddie Taveras is a Brooklyn resident and Brooklyn College student majoring in sociology. He works with the New York Public Interest Research Group, New York state’s largest student-directed research and advocacy organization, on their Higher Education Affordability Campaign.
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