Tuition law unfair to citizens, taxpayers

May 26, 2011

I support the referendum drive to put the recently passed in-state tuition illegal immigrants law on the ballot in November, since it is only fair that citizens have the final say on how their taxpayer dollars are spent.

No one is denying these students' access to post-secondary school education. However, the issue is who will fund the difference between the in-state tuition rate for residents and the rate for non-residents. That money has to come from somewhere, and that's where the taxpayers come in.

Will it be from the merit-based Distinguished Scholars Program, which is being phased out and will be eliminated by 2015? And since there is no cap on these in-state tuition subsidies, what other groups will be impacted?

Beyond the financial implications, the fundamental problem I have with this new law is its intrinsic unfairness and injustice. It is unfair to the citizens of this state who responsibly pay their taxes and teach their children to be law abiding. With funds for scholarships seriously in short supply, citizens are competing with those who are not legally here.

It is unjust because of the double standard being applied. I do not reward my children for disobeying our laws, no matter what the rationale. This law needs to be put on the ballot so the voters can decide.

Bernadette Zgorski

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