Kavanagh: Make the poor pay, it’s good for them

by David Safier
That's what happens when you go away for a few days (I'm back, by the way). You have to endure the shame of linking to Tedski for an education-related story. It wasn't supposed to be this way! But you gotta do what you gotta do.

John Kavanagh, who is in the running for the Meanest Man in the Legislature award, thinks even college students on full needs-based scholarships should have to pony up $1,000 a year for their educations. Not only that, but he's doing it for their own good:

Students will appreciate their education more and take a greater sense of pride if they pay for their own degrees, Kavanagh said.

Does he think there are no expenses connected with education other than tuition? "Let them eat lectures!"

But lest you think Kavanagh has no heart, three groups would be exempted from the $1,000 boost: veterans (which works for me, but less than the poor), students with merit based scholarships (why exactly these students should be exempt isn't clear to me) and — drum roll, please — students with athletic scholarships.

Yes, students with athletic scholarships. Because they give us so much.

Kavanagh said lawmakers recognize the value of athletics to the universities and their ability to raise money from alumni.

“Do you really want to see the ASU basketball team go to the bottom and lose all that revenue?” Kavanagh said.

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, our Republican legislators!

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