Balto. County Council members release tuition statement
Five Baltimore County Council members -- Vicki Almond, Cathy Bevins, Todd Huff, David Marks and John Olszewski Sr. -- have released a statement calling on residents to support the petition drive to repeal a new state law on in-state tuition for undocumented students, joining commissioners in Frederick and Carroll counties. According to the statement:
"A majority of the Council sees this issue in terms of its cost to Baltimore County citizens during very challenging economic times," said John Olszewski, Sr., Chairman of the County Council. "This law is just unfair to the hardworking citizens of the Seventh District whom I represent."
"Unless it is rejected by the voters, this law may well increase the cost of a college education for Baltimore County families who obey the law and follow appropriate procedures," said Todd Huff, Councilman for the Third District. "At the same time, it will reward illegal behavior and provide an incentive to attract more illegal immigration."
"This is an issue that has resonated with the public, particularly in Baltimore County, which is leading the state in petition signatures. The support for a referendum on this law transcends party and social lines," said David Marks, Councilman for the Fifth District.
"Although S.B. 167 is a state issue, this law involves an important and emotionally charged subject for Baltimore County residents, who will bear the cost of in-state tuition subsidies," said Sixth District Councilwoman Cathy Bevins. "I believe it would be appropriate to let the voters make the ultimate decision."