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Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s College Tax Shocks Students

By TheWatchman on November 10, 2009

Mayor Luke Ravenstahl

Luke Ravenstahl became the youngest Pittsburgh mayor at 26, taking over after the death of incumbent Mayor Bob O'Connor.

Dubbed the “Boy Mayor” by his critics, Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl, 29, has finally managed to upset many of the college age youth who are his Facebook friends, many of whom supported him less than a week ago when he won his first full term in office.  Mayor Luke Ravenstahl’s “fair share” college tax, a post-secondary education privilege tax that would require students to pay a one percent tax per year on all education after high school, has been met with both shock and criticism.

“I think that’s ridiculous,” says Maria Walters, a community college student. “We shouldn’t have to pay a tax to be able to go to school.” With regard to Pittsburgh’s local colleges, a Carnegie Mellon University student would pay $403, an in-state Pitt student would pay $135, and a Community College student would pay $27 per year under the new tax. Basically, as the tuition goes up, so does the tax burden.
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