Mejia applauds Senate for passage of Asset bill

Denver Mayoral Candidate James Mejia today issued a statement in support of SB 126, the Asset Bill which provides undocumented students access to higher education. He called for quick passage of the bill by the Colorado House of Representatives.

“This is a bold and courageous action and I applaud the Colorado Senate for the passage of the Asset bill. Out of state tuition can triple the cost of a college education, making it out of reach for most high school graduates. We must have an educated workforce to rebuild our economy and move Denver forward”, said Mejia. “The passage of SB 126 is critical to our future economic success as a city. I encourage Denver’s delegation and all of Colorado’s Representatives to quickly pass this bill in the Colorado House”.

The Asset bill would allow undocumented high school graduates to pay unsubsidized in-state tuition at Colorado’s colleges and universities. Upon graduation, the student will have twelve months to apply and be accepted at one of Colorado’s institutions of higher learning.

“Senators Angela Giron and Michael Johnston have fought hard to give all high school graduates access to higher education. I join them in that effort and look forward to the day when all of Colorado’s students are treated equally,” Mejia said in the press release.

Fellow candidate Chris Romer has also come out in support of the bill.

Scot Kersgaard has been managing editor of a political newspaper, editor and co-owner of a ski town newspaper, executive editor of eight high-tech magazines (where he worked with current Apple CEO Tim Cook), deputy press secretary to a U.S. Senator, and an outdoors columnist at the Rocky Mountain News. He has an English degree from the University of Washington. He was awarded a fellowship to study internet journalism at the University of Maryland's Knight Center for Specialized Journalism. He was student body president in college. He spends his free time hiking and skiing.

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