The following “guest blog post” is from Assemblyman Shannon Grove (R-Bakersfield)…
Assemblyman Tim Donnelly and I held a 9 hour rally in Bakersfield around a busy business district thorough-fare all day Thursday and into the evening as Kern County voters lined up to sign the referendum on AB 131 – to stop taxpayer –paid tuition for illegal students. Voters used the ‘drive-thru’ lane at our mobile unit, while others walked from dozens of surrounding office buildings. Local conservative talk radio programs aired our interviews and announcements all day about where to go to support this important effort to give voters the opportunity to repeal this new outrageous law.
AB 131 is another piece of insanity by the Legislature that raced from the Assembly and State Senate floors straight to Governor Jerry Brown’s desk with a ‘must sign ’ message stamped on its face. Californians are reeling with unemployment, or reduced wages and salaries, or home values upside down and a whole host of economic problems, many stemming from the Legislature’s decades’ long attack on jobs and the employers who struggle to remain in California. And then right in the middle of a multi-billion dollar budget shortfall, the liberals in Sacramento say: “Now let’s have the taxpayers pay for college for illegals”.
As if we don’t have a strong magnet already with our border, now they want to include scholarships for illegals ?
Our citizens, of all colors and all nationalities, deserve the benefits of this nation and state – but it starts with citizenship and hard work and perseverance and a good dose of individual responsibility. Yet so often when a family in California tries to put their child through college, they get the door slammed shut either with limited classes or rising fees and other college costs, or limited scholarship opportunities , and then the final insult – they are told their tax dollars will now pay for children of illegals to attend college. The repeal of AB 131 is a ‘must do’ project for Tim Donnelly and myself and a whole army of supporters across this state.
You can get involved with this important effort by clicking here.