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Nov. 17: Authority Rejects Mayor's Budget; Says Tuition Tax Doesn't Comply With State Law

Authority Rejects Mayor's Budget; Says Tuition Tax Doesn't Comply With State Law

The state-picked Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority (ICA) today unanimously rejected Pittsburgh Mayor Luke Ravenstahl's budget, saying that the inclusion of $16.2 million he hopes to get from a tuition tax doesn't comply with state law. For more, visit http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/09321/1014151-455.stm.

In reaction, the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE), of which Carnegie Mellon is a member, issued the following statement.

PCHE Applauds ICA Rejection of Proposed Student Tuition Tax

"We are extremely pleased with the Intergovernmental Cooperation Authority's decision to reject Mayor Ravenstahl's budget proposal by challenging the inclusion of the proposed student tuition tax to balance his budget," said Dr. Mary Hines, chair of the Pittsburgh Council on Higher Education (PCHE) and President of Carlow University.

PCHE's member institutions include Chatham University, Carnegie Mellon University, Community College of Allegheny County, Duquesne University, LaRoche College, Pittsburgh Theological Seminary, Point Park University, Robert Morris University, University of Pittsburgh and Carlow University.

"We welcome an opportunity," said Dr. Hines, "to meet with Pittsburgh City Council and the Mayor's office to further explain our concerns and discuss our continuing activities in support of the entire Pittsburgh community."