Kerry Healey, WTF? It is outrageous that our Lt. Governor makes a mere 400 students a campaign issue while refusing to acknowledge the existence of the commonwealthâ€™s 30,000 students currently attending state higher education institutions. Thatâ€™s 400 students that would pay $40,000 for a degree at the University of Massachusetts Boston - anything but a free ride.
Hey, K. Heal! Talk about people like me! I attend state university. And in state tuition is no gift, take Ryanâ€™s word for it . How does punishing these 400 students help me? 91 classes at UMB were canceled this fall because not enough students were enrolled; clearly, there is plenty of room.
If you gave a damn about higher education, why has the attendance costs of Massachusettsâ€™s public colleges and universities increased by 50% over the last five years? (Hint: the answer is not illegal immigrants.)
Can't UMass get some of that billion-dollar surplus? Apparently not, says Thursdayâ€™s Globe :
Although Romney talks about a commitment to higher education in the mold of great public universities in Ann Arbor, Mich., and Madison, Wis., the talk in his case has been exceptionally cheap. Under Romney's leadership, the state's per capita contribution to higher education slipped to 47th in the nation. Negotiated salary agreements were not honored. Capital projects, unfunded for a long time, yield rotting infrastructure, such as the parking garage at UMass/Boston.
It is criminal that Massachusettsâ€™s 30,000 state college/university students (some of us are registered voters, by the way) are taking a back seat to a mere 400 people â€“ 400 people that would have to take on serious debt to pay millions of dollars into an under funded higher ed system. Immigrants are not taking away spaces for Massachusetts students. Immigrants do not take financial aid dollars away from Massachusetts students, since only US citizens are eligible for finical aid.
This is a non-priority in the real world. It should be a non-issue for Massachusettsâ€™s voters. Can we move on to debate relevant issues now?
In-state tuition not a draw for many immigrants
The Massachusetts tuition measure, which largely mirrors those passed in the other nine states, would allow the children of undocumented immigrants to obtain in-state college tuition rates if they attended Bay State high schools for at least three years, graduated from such a school, and signed an affidavit affirming that they have applied for citizenship.
Immigrants DO pay taxes!
While it has been evident for years that illegal immigrants pay a variety of taxes, the extent of their contributions to Social Security is striking: the money added up to about 10 percent of last year's surplus.