FINCH CRITICAL OF CUOMO’S PLAN FOR FREE COLLEGE EDUCATION FOR CONVICTS
RELEASED ON: February 20, 2014
Assemblyman Gary Finch (R,C,I-Springport) is disappointed by Gov. Cuomo’s proposal to provide a free college education for incarcerated inmates in state penitentiaries.
The proposal would impose a hefty tax burden on New Yorkers: $5,000 per convict, per year. The costly measure would establish higher education programs in each region of the state. Unlike law-abiding college graduates who shoulder an average student debt burden of $25,537, convicted felons would not be required to pay back any of their educational costs upon their re-entry into society.
“With this proposal, the governor appears to display a lack of consideration for our hardworking, middle-class families. It misappropriates taxpayer funds. It takes the average New York state student 10-20 years to pay back their student loans, which is longer than the mandatory sentence for first degree burglary,” said Finch.
“It is difficult to conceive that the governor would rather provide a free college education to convicted drug traffickers, violent criminals and thieves than eagle scouts, merit scholars and community servants,” concluded Finch.