The Spark

“The emancipation of the working class will only be achieved by the working class itself.” — Karl Marx

Community Colleges Clobbered

Oct 11, 2010

The Michigan legislature has finally admitted that tax breaks to corporations are the cause of cuts to education.

Right when college training is necessary for many jobs, the new State of Michigan budget is taking away three million dollars from community colleges. Why?

Legislators decided the state would no longer reimburse community colleges for the money they lose when their district includes “Renaissance Zones.”

“Renaissance Zones” are property tax free zones, originally set up in 1996 supposedly to create jobs. Of course they didn’t, but they did cut out a big chunk of tax revenues for community colleges.

Community college students – working class students – are being robbed to allow corporations who have not had to pay property taxes for 14 years to continue their tax-free ride.

Save the schools – eliminate corporate tax breaks!