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Fri Dec 1, 2017, 08:56 PM

Democrats slam tax break for conservative college

Democrats have taken to the Senate floor to attack a planned amendment to the tax bill that would give a break to a conservative college in Michigan.

Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Patrick Toomey acknowledged he'd sponsored the language and said Hillsdale College would benefit from it.

Toomey defended Hillsdale as "a wonderful institution" and said other schools might qualify for the tax break, too. His provision would shield schools that receive no federal aid from language in the bill that taxes the investment income of some colleges and universities.

Democrats say Toomey's provision was written in a way that only Hillsdale would qualify for the reduction. They complain that some well-known conservatives have connections to the school, including Trump administration Education Secretary Betsy DeVos.

Read more: http://napavalleyregister.com/business/the-latest-dems-slam-tax-break-for-conservative-college/article_04a6f709-2f12-55eb-9a59-bbba1e952f32.html

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Roland99 Dec 2017 #1
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Response to TexasTowelie (Original post)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 08:59 PM

1. How is that remotely constitutional??

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Response to Roland99 (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 09:01 PM

2. It no longer matters.

Who is going to stop them?

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Response to Roland99 (Reply #1)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 09:29 PM

3. I'm not sure why it wouldn't be constitutional

 

Certainly deplorable, but can't see any constitutional issues.

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Response to ClarendonDem (Reply #3)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 09:35 PM

4. Equal protection?

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Response to Roland99 (Reply #4)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 09:57 PM

5. Does equal protection apply to colleges?

 

Never thought about it that way.

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Response to ClarendonDem (Reply #5)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 10:13 PM

6. Why would one be given special treatment over others?

Imagine the outcry if Reid had tried that with, say, Berkeley

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Response to Roland99 (Reply #6)

Fri Dec 1, 2017, 10:15 PM

7. They shouldn't

 

But that just makes it unfair, not unconstitutional.

On edit, I agree this is an awful change designed to solely benefit a conservative cause, but thatís what happens when conservatives are in charge.

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