Pennsylvania bill would provide scholarships to children of incarcerated parents - The College Fix: "In late June, a bipartisan group of Pennsylvania state senators proposed a bill which would “establish a public charitable trust” to assist children who have a parent (or parents) in the prison system.
The “First Chance Trust Fund” would provide scholarships to these children which, according to Penn Live, does not utilize taxpayer monies.
Instead, lawmakers say, First Chance would be funded by “private, tax-deductible donations” and a “1 percent surcharge on vendors that have a contract with the Department of Corrections exceeding $5 million.”
...But would taxpayers really be unaffected by this program?
On WPHT radio’s Dom Giordano program on Friday, Pennsylvania State Representative Steve Barrar said that one percent surcharge indeed will affect taxpayers:
“At the end of the day, the contractors, all they’re going to do if you’re going to hit them with a one percent surcharge, is increase their price to absorb that one percent surcharge knowing it’s coming.
So at the end of the day, the taxpayers pay.”
...perhaps more importantly — where’s the “surcharge” scholarship funds available for the children of slain law enforcement officials?..."