Assembly Democrats today voted down legislation sponsored by Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin (R,C,I-Schaghticoke) that would have made college more affordable for middle-class New Yorkers. McLaughlin sponsors legislation that would provide some student loan forgiveness for students who receive high-tech degrees from colleges or universities within the state and pledge to work in a high-tech field in New York for five years. Democrats also blocked an initiative to make Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) funding more accessible for prospective students, which McLaughlin also sponsors.
“Student loan debt is one of the most prevalent issues young people face in today’s society,” McLaughlin said. “These bills would have eased the burden middle-class families face as their children attend college and work toward their dreams. Unfortunately, time and time again, Assembly Democrats would rather give freebies to illegal aliens instead of helping legal New Yorkers who need assistance the most. College affordability is often lost in the myriad policy quarrels here in Albany, but the issue is one that can have ramifications for society decades down the line, and it must be addressed.”
Assemblyman McLaughlin represents the 107th district, which consists of parts of Rensselaer, Columbia and Washington counties. For more information,
please visit Assemblyman McLaughlin’s Official Website