“I urge you to reject any bill which would reduce tuition [for any program],” said Democrat Sen. Rosemary McAuliffe.
Yes, these words actually came out of the mouth of the women that Senate Democrats have made the education committee leader for years. McAuliffe showed her contempt for college students – and their families – during yesterday’s debate on the floor in the state Senate regarding the College Affordability Program.
Republican Senators John Braun and Barbara Bailey co-sponsored the College Affordability Program (Senate Bill 5954). The bill seeks to “reduce tuition by as much as 30 percent at state-run research institutions and cap tuition to a percentage of the state’s average income.”
Yesterday, the bill passed the state Senate on a bi-partisan vote.
However, it did meet with significant Democrat opposition. Proving, once again, that their priorities lie with special interests and not working families, half of the state Senate Democrats voted against lowering tuition. Democrats like McAuliffe do not support the College Affordability Program because—surprise, surprise— the special interest groups that fund their campaigns, and in McAuliffe’s case, helped retire a campaign debt to herself, do not.
As Shift reported, Democrats sought to obstruct the bill since its introduction. McAuliffe and other members of her party opposed the bill because it seeks a more permanent solution to the problem of increasing tuition for middle class families by preventing Democrats from turning (as they have so often done in the past) to tuition hikes to fund their special-interest agenda. Under Democrat leadership in the Legislature, students pursuing a higher education have faced an exponential growth in tuition rates — budget after budget has leeched off students, and their families, in order to pay for Democrats’ bigger-government agenda.
Democrats have used college tuition hikes, essentially a tax on the middle class, as a cash cow to help their special interest allies and key campaign donors for more than a decade. The College Affordability Program would, once and for all, put a stop to Democrats leeching off Washington’s working families.
The bill now awaits action in the Democrat-controlled state House.