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Grisanti petition boasts 5,000 opponents of college for cons plan


   By Robert J. McCarthy

   5,000 signatures.
   That's how many names have been added to a petition sponsored by State Sen. Mark J. Grisanti, R-Buffalo, opposing Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's plan to provide free college to state prison inmates.
   "The more signatures we can get, the stronger our message becomes," Grisanti said. "Reaching 5,000 signatures shows how impassioned Western New Yorkers are against this issue, and how supportive they are of middle-class taxpayers struggling to pay the increasing costs of higher education."
   The senator launched an electronic petition drive on Monday against the proposal, which calls for allowing inmates in 10 regional prisons to earn associate's and bachelor's degrees.

 

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