In-State Tuition For Illegal Aliens: When Did the Board of Regents Acquire the Constitutional Ability To Appropriate?
Patrick highlights the recommendation by a Board of Regents panel that the state offer to illegal aliens the ability to attend state colleges at the much lower tuition rate paid by in-state residents. The ProJo 7 to 7 News Blog reports that the
Board of Regents Board of Governors for Higher Education is expected to adopt the recommendation at its September 26 meeting.
That’s interesting because, as I understand, the Rhode Island Constitution confers the power of taxing and spending solely on the legislature.
But in order for in-state tuition to be broadened (to any additional group), the state would have to pick up the shortfall between in-state tution and the actual cost to educate the student. For the University of Rhode Island, that shortfall is $12,500+ per student.
Accordingly, I will be calling the offices of Speaker Fox and Governor Chafee tomorrow to ask each of them the following:
1.) How do they feel about the
Board of Regents’ Board of Governors for Higher Education’s apparent intention to add hundreds of thousands of dollars to the state’s budget shortfall and
2.) More importantly, how do they feel about the
Board of Regents Board of Governors for Higher Education doing so by usurping the power of the legislative branch.