HARTFORD – During the 2018 legislative session, State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus has celebrated the role women play in a wide range of fields, from being a student or teacher to owning a business or being an elected leader.
In March, Rep. Zupkus celebrated Women’s History Month with local leaders, students, and business owners.
Pictured with Rep. Zupkus – Micayla Barrows (Miss Southbury), Rep. Lezlye Zupkus, Aizlyn Zupkus (Tulane University Navy National ROTC Scholarship), Anaga Dinesh (WRHS Valedictorian), Anna Witkowski (WRHS student body present/BOE Rep), and Kaylee Walsh (WRHS Salutatorian).
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HARTFORD – State Rep. Lezlye Zupkus voted no on legislation last week that would give institutional aid funds to undocumented students and give a 2 percent salary increase to graduate teachers and research assistants. Both bills passed the House by narrow margins.
The first bill, S.B. 4 – An Act Assisting Students without Legal Immigration Status with the Cost of College – extends eligibility for institutional financial aid to attend a state public higher education institution to certain students, including those who lack legal immigration status. The bill extends eligibility for aid to these students, to the extent allowed by federal law, if they meet certain residency, age, and criminal history requirements and file an affidavit about their intent to legalize their immigration status with the institution they are attending.
“College is unaffordable and the state of Connecticut isn’t making it easy for hardworking taxpayers to pay for college,” said Rep. Zupkus. “This legislation will result in legal students having more debt and less aid, and for that reason, I couldn’t support this bill.”