Bill to ban tuition tax introduced in Pa. House

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HARRISBURG -- House Bill 2155, a measure to prevent Pennsylvania counties, municipalities and other governmental entities from imposing a tax on higher-education tuition paid by students, was introduced into the General Assembly today by its prime sponsor, Rep. Paul Costa, D-Wilkins.

The measure was developed in reaction to Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's effort to impose a first-in-the-nation, 1 percent tax on tuition paid by students at colleges and universities in Pittsburgh, a proposal that has generated strong opposition from college administrators and students. The bill, if enacted, would apply statewide.

The bill, so far, has almost 30 co-sponsors, including, from Allegheny County, Reps. Dom Costa, D-Stanton Heights, Dan Frankel, D-Squirrel Hill, Randy Vulakovich, R-Shaler, and Mark Mustio, R-Moon.

It will be assigned to a House committee for discussion and a vote and will then move on to the full House.


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