Phi Beta Cons

The Right take on higher education.

Pittsburgh Shakdown



In what he described as a “leap of faith,” Mayor Luke Ravenstahl of Pittsburgh agreed on Monday to shelve his plans for the nation’s first tax on college tuition in exchange for an increase in voluntary contributions from local colleges and universities to the city.

City officials said the mayor also had a promise from university officials to help lobby state lawmakers in Harrisburg for changes to enable the city to raise certain taxes and fees.

Let’s hope Harrisburg starts by approving city tax hikes on the salaries of squishy college administrators.


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