A good government group doesn’t trust lawmakers to reform the state’s legislative scholarship program, so it’s calling for the abolition of the program. Each lawmaker is allowed by law to award two full scholarships to a state university every year to students in their districts, but more are deciding not to award them any longer due to increasing scrutiny of the program.
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“Between 2004 and 2009, 83 scholarships were given out to politically connected kids. As a result, our tax dollars, our hard-earned tax dollars, are being spent on political rewards,” says Andy Shaw, head of the Better Government Association. Shaw says deserving students also receive scholarships, but it would be difficult to police the program across the board. Lawmakers tried reforming the program through legislation, but the governor didn’t sign it because he wants to eliminate the program entirely.