El Presidente brings us a Friday reminder of the cost of having Democrats in charge of our state. He highlights a Rocky Mountain News article that tells us how Colorado’s Democrat Commissioner on Higher Education David Skaggs wants to extend in-state tuition privileges to illegal aliens.
Is this the Democrat solution to the higher education funding shortfall? Meanwhile, Governor Ritter ignores a potential energy revenue windfall to fund our state’s colleges and universities. Why? Apparently, Democrats would rather tax hard-working Colorado citizens and spend the excess on privileges for illegal aliens.
El Presidente also makes a clear and strong point on an issue to which he has given repeated attention:
No Mr. Skaggs, the disconnect is how this state or any state could offer the benefits of in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants and not to CITIZENS OF THIS COUNTRY who just happen to be from another state. These students have received their federally mandated K-12 education–let them pony up the cash, find scholarships, work while in school or take out loans to pay for college, just like citizens of the USA and residents of this state have to do themselves. As of now, Metro State charges non-resident tuition; however, CU grants in-state tuition.
Notice too how Skaggs finds the only solution to granting in-state tuition can be found through the legislature, and not through referenda or initiatives–something the public could directly determine.
Of course, this only fits the Colorado Democrats’ proclivity to raise your taxes without asking.