Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Hundreds of Pittsburgh students fight proposed tuition tax

I applaud the students for protesting a tax that targets them but why in the hell don't they raise this sort of sand when their tuition goes up at twice the rate of inflation?

A proposal to impose a first-of-its-kind 1 percent tuition tax on Pittsburgh's 65,000 college students brought more than 150 to council Monday to assail what is being promoted as the only way to generate revenue in an almost bankrupt city.

"This economy and job market have made it hard enough as it is," Mackenzie Farone, a 22-year-old graduate student and employee of Point Park University told a rally ahead of the public hearing.

Students, she said, live, play and often work in the city, paying myriad taxes.

"And we are the ones that pay the drink tax," she grinned, referring to a 7 percent poured drink tax imposed by the county nearly two years ago.

Earlier this month, Mayor Luke Ravenstahl revealed a tuition tax would be imposed to fill a $15 million gap in the budget.