Mayor Luke Ravenstahl and leaders of some of the city’s largest non-profit organizations have reached an agreement that will allow the mayor’s controversial tuition tax to be tabled.
The University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Highmark will make contributions, although they were unspecified.
Pittsburgh is free from this tution tax ridiculousness.
This feeling I can’t shake that Lukey got exactly what he originally wanted. He threatened the universities with a tuition tax that he knew wouldn’t stand up in court, a tuition tax he HAD to know was bad PR for Pittsburgh, a tuition tax that could have easily cost him the next election and for that reason alone we must assume he was playing chicken with the local major nonprofits to force them to either call his bluff or play it safe and donate.
I honestly don’t believe for one iota of a second that Lukey thought the tuition tax would ever be enforced. It seems to me it came out of a meeting that led off with the question,
Lukey: “We’ve got to fix this pension problem. Where can we find $16 million dollars?”
Bob: “Could we look internally and trim some fat here?”
Dread Lord: “[bitchslaps Bob] Get your shit and get out of here. Merry Christmas, you’re fired.”
Lukey: “Too bad we can’t force the nonprofits to give us money.”
Dread Lord: “Oh, but there is a way. MWAH-HAHAHAH! A tuition tax!”
Liz: “Um, that doesn’t seem legal.”
Dread Lord: “[shrieks so loud a demon pigeon flies out of his gaping maw of a mouth] DESTROY HER!”
[Lukey’s thuggish bodyguards drag away Liz, who wails, “NOT THE DUNGEON, DREAD LORD! PLEASE!”]
And from that meeting, this convoluted game of chicken was born and Lukey won.
But whatever, NO TUITION TAX!
Merry Christmas, Pittsburgh!