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Bill to counter inmate education proposal

Albany, N.Y. - A Republican congressman from Western New York said he will introduce a bill to stop a proposal to expand college courses for prisoners.

Representative Chris Collins has promised legislation that would prohibit the use of federal money to fund Governor Andrew Cuomos proposal to offer Associates and Bachelors Degree programs at 10 New York State prisons.

Collins called the plan, "an insult to law-abiding citizens."

Cuomo argues that the plan would save taxpayers in the long-run, saying that the state would spend $5,000 to educate prisoners and pay $60,000 a year to house them.

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