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State Senator Calls For Cuomo to Put DREAM Act in Budget

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Sen. Jose Peralta wants action on legislation that would give young undocumented New Yorkers tuition assistance.

He is filing a motion to force the legislation out of committee in the Senate and has written Gov. Andrew Cuomo asking him to make the DREAM Act part of his budget. 

"Under your stewardship, New York has blazed a trail on several of the great issues of our time," Peralta wrote in a letter to Cuomo today. "By passing the DREAM Act, we can take another such monumental step."

"The Fiscal Policy Institute has calculated that bachelor's degree holders pay an additional $3,900 in annual state taxes, meaning that TAP funding for the undocumented would more than pay for itself within six years on average," Peralta continued.

The Assembly has added $25 million for funding the DREAM Act to their budget plan. The deadline for a budget is April 1. 

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Guest Monday, 24 November 2014