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New York Dems Block Tuition Aid for Gold Star Families — After Voting to Spend $27M on Aid for Illegals

Good governance is all about setting the proper priorities. But in New York, Democrats appear to have their priorities massively screwed up.

Assembly Democrats on the Education Committee blocked a bill that would have expanded tuition aid for the children of deceased and disabled soldiers.

But last week, these same Democrats approved a state budget that set aside $27 million for tuition aid for illegal aliens.

What does that say about the Democrats’ priorities and which group they value more?

Fox News:

Glick said any expansion of college tuition aid to Gold Star families was not within the state’s budget and pointed to an already-existing program that provides $2.7 million to 145 students who are dependents of vets who served in combat zones, the New York Post reported.

“Assemblywoman Glick should be ashamed of herself,” said State Sen. Robert Ortt, R-Niagara. “We set aside $27 million dollars for college for people that are here illegally… Apparently, $2.7 million is all that the families of soldiers who are killed, get. If you’re a child of a fallen soldier, you do not rank as high and you know that by the money.”

Mike Whyland, a spokesman for Assembly Democrats, said the Republican-led bill “would have expanded the eligibility beyond the scope and should be considered within the context of the budget.”

When asked about objections by GOP lawmakers, he said: “It’s purely political and it’s unfortunate that they are using children as pawns.”

Hiding behind children to distract from explaining their skewed priorities tells you all you need to know about the cowardice of these people.

Assemblyman Will Barclay, R-Pulaski, surmised that the Democrats’ refusal had less to do with budget restraints and more to do with the bill’s author: a Republican, Steve Hawley, R-Batavia.

“We get so caught up in majority and minority issues here, we can’t see the forest through the trees,” Barclay said. “I don’t know how they don’t justify this.”

Well, it’s actually pretty easy. You can’t demonstrate how tolerant and good a person you are by giving money to the kids of dead soldiers. But giving money to illegal aliens is guaranteed to give New York Dems a nice warm, fuzzy feeling in their bellies.

It will also satisfy their radical base of open borders loonies.

Yep…those New York Democrats have their priorities in perfect order.