According to a Regional Insights column in the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
by Harold Miller
, Pittsburgh "plays a unique role in the economy and quality of life of the region." Because of this, Miller writes that "our highest priority should be an aggressive regional effort to create new businesses and jobs" rather than "spending time, energy and money battling over whether students in the city of Pittsburgh should pay taxes on their tuition bills."
"Pittsburgh would be a much smaller city and economically worse off if the students weren't here, and increasing the cost of attending school in the city won't encourage them to stay," he writes.
"The city is proposing a tax on students not because it's a good idea, but because the commonwealth of Pennsylvania has forced the city to try to support public services that benefit a region of more than 2.4 million people with a tax base dependent on 310,000 residents. If we're going to continue to have a region composed of more than 500 small municipalities and a small central city, we need a different way of funding them. The only way to avoid such things as city tuition taxes and county drink taxes is for the governor and Pennsylvania General Assembly to modernize local government tax structures and create revenue-sharing programs that enable regional public services to be supported by everyone who benefits from them."
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