Governor’s Link of Tuition Assistance Programs Sets Up Fight Between Assembly, Senate

by Zack Fink

February 26, 2015

Dominated by New York City Democrats, the state Assembly passed a bill known as the Dream Act, which allows undocumented students to tap state tuition assistance to attend college.

The bill is opposed by the Republican-run state Senate, but this year, Governor Andrew Cuomo is linking the bill to an education tax credit, something Senate Republicans want.

“We don’t believe that they should be linked either. That was the governor’s choice. The governor did that,” said Assembly Speaker Carl Heastie. “We’re moving forward today with the Dream Act, and we hope that it will be passed on its own merits.”

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