New post at Policy Shop. It is about the way in which state funding of higher education is actually not nearly as good as federal funding.
The easiest way to counteract the regressivity on the revenue side is to take states out of the funding mix and replace them with the federal government. Federal taxes — income taxes especially — are already fairly progressive. So shifting from state to federal funding replaces regressive revenue streams with progressive revenue streams. With states almost universally scaling back higher education funding, pressuring the federal government to pick up the slack might be a more plausible strategy than trying to get all of these states to reverse course.
Read the rest at Policy Shop.