The Lexington Herald Leader is at it again: pushing tax increases in order to make higher education “more affordable” for people with low incomes.
“Chamber president David Adkisson presented the plan to a legislative committee last week without any cost estimates or proposals for paying for it.”
“The chamber is on record favoring an increase in the state’s cigarette tax while opposing more general tax increases.”
“Barring an astounding economic turnaround, it’s hard to see how Kentucky could afford this good idea without some kind of tax increase, restructuring KEES or both.”
Politicians with an interest in free-market solutions to the supply-and-demand issues in energy would be totally consistent in seeking to tamp down demand for the college experience in Kentucky. More than half of our college students enter unprepared to do college work. Very few of them survive long enough to do more than artificially inflate the cost of going to school.
If we really want to make college more affordable, rather than just to raise taxes for another well-intended project, we need to raise standards in high school and graduate better-prepared students.