Paul L. Caron

Thursday, November 14, 2019

McCoskey & Narotzki: Education Has Been 'Dumbed-Down' in Tax Reform

Melanie McCoskey (Akron) & Doron Narotzki (Akron), Education Has Been 'Dumbed-Down' in Tax Reform, 22 Fla. Tax Rev. ___ (2019):

Florida Tax Review (2019)With promises of “Make America Great Again” and tax reform for “middle-class” Americans, the current federal government administration has implied that the average American would become more prosperous under this tax system. It is no surprise that most middle-class Americans view a college education as a requirement for achieving a better life. However, under the TCJA, education has not fared well, and in reality, students from many low- and moderate-income families will face reduced scholarships from elite schools, thereby reducing diversity on these campuses. Other proposed changes to education in the original tax bill, which were later removed, are also addressed as they may hint to which direction this may go and face legislative changes in the future.

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Blanket statements that a "college education is a requirement for achieving a better life" are knowingly false. Some college educations may be worth the investment of time and money, but like a car without a steering wheel, college without a focus/driver to make good ROI decisions will only end up financially wrecking the passengers.

Why wealthy heavily endowed universities would reduce the offerings of scholarships to worthy students because of the TCJA seems nonsensical, and requires far more supporting argument than just the bare conclusory statement.

Posted by: ruralcounselr | Nov 15, 2019 3:41:25 AM