"Meals Tax" in Fairfax and Who Pays for Public Education?
Matthew Di Carlo in his article, "Who Pays for Education?", posted in the Shanker Institute blog, looks at school funding from the point of view of who carries a bigger burden relative to what they earn. His analysis, which is not surprising based on the fact that schools are largely funded by state and local taxes, shows that the poor are in fact giving more of their income to support public education.
|Above copied from the Shanker Institute
Residents of Fairfax county will vote on Tuesday not only to choose the next president of the country, but to decide on whether the county should begin collecting a 4% meals tax. Seventy percent of the revenue from this proposed tax is intended for its public schools. InsideNoVa reports on the debate on this issue and notes that the talking points are so familiar.
No one can argue against maintaining a top-quality system. On the other side, although familiar, sadly, the argument that the tax is both regressive and discriminatory seems to fall on deaf ears.
- Proponents: The extra money was essential to maintaining a top-quality school system.
- Opponents: The tax is harmful to lower-income people and the restaurant industry.