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University of Buffalo to charge Long Islanders as out-of-state students

April 2, 2008

According to an April 2nd, 2008 story in The Spectrum Online, the University of Buffalo (UB) student newspaper, the university’s enrollment keeps increasing constantly, yet it lacks the funds to accommodate all the growth.

The culprit: the cheap in-state tuition rates that the majority of students pay.

In order to solve the problem, the University of Buffalo’s administration has proposed a novel solution: extending out-of-state tuition in order to include also Long Island residents.

In effect, the University of Buffalo, part of the State University of New York (SUNY) system funded by all New York State taxpayers, wants to start acting like Albany already does towards Long Island when it charges us $8.1 billion in taxes, and sends back to Long Island only $5.2 million in services, according to the figures given recently by Suffolk comptroller Joseph Sawicki, who proposes that Long Island become a 51st state.

If this isn’t sufficient evidence that Long Island, in toto, should become its own state, if not its own country, then I don’t know what it is. We are already treated like aliens in the larger sense of the word anyway, so Independent Long Island (ILI) might as well secede from the corrupt Union entirely!

Chrissa Columbus, a senior geography major at the University of Buffalo said, “They live so far away they’re practically international students anyway.” Columbus went on to say Long Islanders needed some extra English language classes anyway. “I haven’t a clue what they’re saying,” she said. “It’s like they have their own language.”

In an article published yesterday, Newsday‘s Rick Brand and Reid J. Epstein give us an analysis of what statehood would mean for Long Island. The article states that a new state of Long Island would require a complicated division of assets based on how much local taxpayers have invested in New York State, against the value of the state assets located across Long Island.

The article also says that major state assets include 5,300 lane miles of state roads, and 32 parks, including Jones Beach. Then there are State University of New York (SUNY) facilities such as Stony Brook University, Farmingdale State College, and SUNY Old Westbury. Maybe the accounting proposed by Newsday should also reflect the fact we have already been surcharged by Albany for decades, if not centuries, and now SUNY’s University of Buffalo wants to charge Long Islanders as out-of-state students, so we don’t owe New York State a nickel!

Independent Long Islanders or Iliers of Kings, Queens, Nassau, and Suffolk counties, the time is not ripe for a Long Island 51st state. The time is not ripe for a New York City 51st state. In reality, since people on the entire geographic island of Long Island also pay $1.00 to the Feds and receive back less than $0.79, the time is long due for a nation and country of Independent Long Island (ILI)!

That way, if we and our children have to pay as out-of-state students at the University of Buffalo, then we might as well have the same benefit that other people out of New York State have: they don’t pay one nickel of New York State taxes!

That way, if Iliers are also treated like “international students” at the University of Buffalo, then they might as well have the same benefit that other people out of the United States have: they don’t pay one nickel of US taxes, and have their own country!

I don’t know about you, but I’d rather be an Independent Long Islander than a hyphenated American, I’d rather be an Independent Long Islander that an American that has to pay more for everything than everyone else, even when he is not really better off. In fact, Independent Long Islanders are at a disadvantage to everyone else in the United States with all the extra city, state, and federal taxes we have to pay, and the ridicule we have to suffer!

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