NY Today: Free Education/Medicaid For Convicts, Voting Rights For Illegals, But Conservatives Not Welcome

Just last month, Governor Cuomo gave a glimpse into his extreme agenda, pronouncing that conservatives were not welcome in the state of New York.  And while the Empire State is seemingly closing their minds to the opinions and viewpoints of conservatives in the state, they have recently embraced two core constituents of the Democrat party – Convicts and illegal immigrants.

First, the inmates…

Via the Daily News:

Hoping to cut down on recidivism rates, Gov. Cuomo on Sunday announced a plan for New York state to again begin funding college courses for inmates.

“Giving men and women in prison the opportunity to earn a college degree costs our state less and benefits our society more,” Cuomo said.

Cuomo made the announcement at a church event in Albany tied to the Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus. Currently, New York’s inmate population is 49.2% African American, 24% Hispanic and 24.1% white.

Of course, had a Republican taken the time to address a Black, Puerto Rican, Hispanic and Asian Legislative Caucus by announcing a plan to benefit prison inmates, he/she would have immediately been branded a racist.

This isn’t the first time New York has offered tuition assistance to convicts.  Former governor George Pataki ended a program of state tuition assistance payments in 1995.

Assemblyman Steve McLaughlin joked on his Facebook page that while neighboring Connecticut is home to UConn, New York might be known for “UCon.”

In addition to education perks for being a criminal, Cuomo is pushing hard to provide taxpayer funded Medicaid to all ex-cons.

Via the Post:

Gov. Cuomo’s administration is launching an aggressive plan to sign up thousands of ex-cons for taxpayer-financed Medicaid, which they’ll receive once they leave prison, The Post has learned.

Under the initiative, all inmates would automatically apply for the public health insurance for the needy while incarcerated, state Department of Health officials said.

Those who meet the income requirements will be placed on the Medicaid rolls upon discharge.

Critics say the plan offers no incentive for convicted felons to find work after lockup.

McLaughlin jokingly asked, “Have we reached a point in NY where the best educational value is to commit a felony do 5 years and come out with a degree?”  Not to mention the Medicaid post-release.

Meanwhile, the inmates – er, Democrats – running the asylum in New York City are working on a bill that would provide municipal IDs to non-residents of the city, including illegal immigrants.  City Council member Daniel Dromm (D) is the author of the bill. Here he is in a debate with Republican Senator Greg Ball…

The following is a portion of the debate transcript provided by Right Scoop:

DROMM: I have a piece of legislation that would allow non-residents to vote in NYC municipal elections…

Back and forth between Ball and Dromm

HOST: Let me ask you though, will the municipal ID be used for voting and can you vote if you have one of those?

DROMM: It’s a possibility, but that may be a way that we can try to find out who people are…

Back and forth between Ball and Dromm

HOST: But answer that question…could it be used for voting?

DROMM: We haven’t determined that yet but it’s a possibility that may be a way that we can have people, for the first time, when they come in to vote, if their non-residents, non-citizens, that may be a way that we could do it.

Illegals can vote, prisoners can get a free education, but conservatives?  You’re kind is not welcome here.

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