Today’s letter to Editor CORRECTS misinformation put out by Kerry Healey and publicized unchecked by the Herald regarding veterans education benefits…Given Tocco’s reputation for low road politics, he probably thought it was worth a shot. Nice try Healey, better do your homework next time (and the same can be said for the Herald reporter involved)…
Herald, Healey off
By Robert A. DeLeo and Therese Murray/ Letters
Wednesday, August 16, 2006
The Herald and Lt. Gov. Kerry Healey mislead by asserting that the Legislature is failing to live up to its promises to veterans (Back by popular demand, Aug. 14). The landmark Welcome Home bill provides that eligible members of the National Guard shall get tuition and fees waived at state colleges and universities. It further states, The Commonwealth, not the institutions of public higher education, shall bear the cost of such tuition and fee waivers of Massachusetts National Guard members.
Moreover, in a letter to Board of Higher Education Chairman Stephen Tocco, we explained that the process by which the Legislature would comply with this provision would mirror the one used to pay vets benefits to municipalities. The state will reimburse schools when we know how many vets took advantage, rather than guessing beforehand.
Rep. Robert A. DeLeo,
Winthrop. Sen. Therese Murray,