Pittsburgh Students Protest Tax Plan

December 1, 2009

About 150 students who said that they had more than 10,000 student signatures on petitions jammed a City Council meeting in Pittsburgh Monday, opposing a plan by Mayor Luke Ravenstahl to add a 1 percent tax on tuition, The Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reported. The mayor says that the funds are needed for city services, while students and colleges say it is an inappropriate way to raise money. Many of the students said that they were bothered by the tax plan's implication that students hurt the city. Rotimi M. Abimbola, student president at Carnegie Mellon University, said: "We really, really need to dispel this myth that students are a burden to the city." Many colleges nationwide are watching the debate in Pittsburgh with concern that the tax idea, if enacted, will spread.

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