SALT LAKE CITY -- State senators have voted down a bill providing additional tuition assistance for military veterans whose GI benefits have been tapped.
Democratic Sen. Luz Robles of Salt Lake City says Friday veterans would be eligible for state grants to complete a college degree after benefits provided by the federal government have expired.
Robles says the tuition assistance would help lower the high unemployment rate among veterans.
The bill would have required $250,000 to begin funding.
Republican Sen. Margaret Dayton of Orem says the assistance would remove the incentive for veterans to complete their education in a timely manner.
The Senate voted against the bill 11-14.