February 1, 2019
WASHINGTON – During yesterday’s weekly press call, Congressman Tom Reed blasted the New York State legislature and Governor Cuomo for the bill to give illegal immigrants free college while taxes remain far too high in the state. Reed highlighted how people will continue to leave the state, and not because of the weather, if these oppressive polices keep coming out of Albany. “Giving free college tuition to illegal immigrants is not fair for the hard-working families of New York already struggling under Governor Cuomo’s oppressively high taxes and college’s ridiculously expensive tuition,” Tom said. “We care about the mothers and fathers who lie awake at night wondering how they are going to pay for both the tax bill and college for not only their kids, but now the college of others as well.
“Albany needs to instead focus on forcing colleges to contain their costs, and this is why we introduced the REDUCE Act last year,” Tom concluded.
Reed noted that the REDUCE Act:
• Requires colleges to have a plan to keep tuition increases below the rate of inflation.
• Mandates reporting of easily digestible information about how colleges are being managed and where their money is spent.
• Requires the wealthiest universities to distribute 25 percent of the profits from their massive endowments to assist students from working-class families.
• Encourages university donors to give money that will assist low and middle-income students and eliminates tax deductions for large restricted college donations.