From College News - NPR report discusses efforts by Pittsburgh mayor to induce a tax on tuition at colleges and universities.
If mo’ money means mo’ problems, then the recession has proved to us all that less money (or even no money at all) means a cavalcade of financial distress that even the hardest and most industrious of Americans are having a hard trouble navigating. This is especially true of college students. Not only are colleges’ loans and entitlements withering away like dust in the wind, students everywhere closing their eyes for a moment, then realizing that their financial moment is gone.
But if you think that tuition increases and student protests were indication enough that both students and administrators alike are at their wits end, just wait til you get a load of what Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl is proposing.
the principle underneath the decision to tax students is a principle that we believe is incorrect.”
Councilwoman Tonya Payne, on the other hand, reportedly said that the tax was a good idea because she would “rather have a tax that students pay than taxes from a 70-year-old couple.” Similarly, Mayor Ravenstahl said that the tax is “fair-share” because students are using millions of dollars in city services when socializing, and not contributing enough to, as NPR put it, “the city coffers.”
By Mark Andrews