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Republicans push back against Cuomo's classes for inmates plan

Republicans push back against Cuomo's classes for inmates plan
Posted Tuesday, February 18th 2014 @ 6pm  by Bud Lowell

Governor Andrew Cuomo's proposal to fund more college classes in New York prisons is coming under fire from Republican lawmakers.

Republican Senator Mark Grisanti of Buffalo started an online petition drive against the governor's plan to help inmates get their 2 or 4 year degrees while behind bars.

And Brian Kolb of Canandaigua, the Assembly Minority Leader...says there's not a shred of common sense in the governor's plan. Kolb says such a proposal shows the governor is “out of touch.”

Governor Cuomo wants to offer associate's and bachelor's degree programs at 10 prisons. He says for about $5,000 per year each, the inmates will be a lot less likely to end up back behind bars where it costs $60,000 a year per head to keep them.

Assemblyman Kolb says he doesn’t buy that argument. He says if anyone is going to get free tuition it should be law-abiding students from families that are struggling to put their kids through college.

Kolb says he doubts many Democrats who represent upstate districts would vote for the governor's plan.


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