State Senate candidate Kathy Stein repeated a line in a Lexington debate yesterday about increasing college costs in Kentucky representing a stealth tax increase. She has used this line repeatedly this year as a way to claim Senate Republicans are lying when they say they stood up to tax increases in the 2008 session.
Stein is right in the sense that increasing prices for anything with government involvement comes out of consumers’ pockets no differently than a tax increase would. Sort of like higher medical costs or corporate welfare or public employee benefits.
Of course, throwing more tax dollars, as Stein would do, is no solution to the quandary she seeks to point out.
Getting costs under control is the answer we are looking for. Something like the Texas Tuition Promise Fund could help.