Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin has introduced an online petition called “Kids Before Cons!” in response to Governor Cuomo’s plan to provide prison inmates with taxpayer funded college courses.

Cuomo’s plan would bring associate and bachelor’s degree programs to several state prisons at a cost of about $5,000 per year, per inmate.

Rensselaer County Legislature Chairman Martin Reid called it a case of “misplaced priorities” saying any funds marked for prison education should instead go to “upstate school districts (to) help maintain services and programs.”

McLaughlin is trying to reorganize the state’s misplaced priorities, saying that children and their hard-working families should instead be the focus of the governor’s education plans.

The “Kids Before Cons!” petition can be signed here…

It reads:

Governor Cuomo has announced a plan to provide free college educations to inmates in New York State prisons. At a time with student debt and college loans are at an all-time high, it is outrageous that the Governor has made free college degrees for convicts a top priority.

Hard-working taxpayers in New York should not be forced to pay the college tuition for convicts when our schools are underfunded, when honest families can’t afford college for their children, and when our education system is in disrepair.

Free college tuition for prisoners is an insult to everyone that plays by the rules and has no relief in sight.

Join me in putting our kids before convicts and sign my petition. Together, we can send a message to Governor Cuomo that our taxpayer dollars should help our children and properly fund our schools, not provide college for criminals.

Please sign and forward the petition.