I doubt that the other costs, including snow removal, add up to $500 per student per semester. Or even $150 per student per semester.
And far from having “it all for free”, they pay a quite a large sum of money to the school as well as for any living arrangements they have.
They should learn to pay their way just like everyone else, especially the ones from wealthy families.
“Especially” ones from wealthy families? I am sorry, but this country was founded on the ideal of equal rights for all. The wealthy cannot be singled out because they are wealthy.
And again, they are paying their way. They pay for tuition, for books, for living expenses, and more.
Why should the poor working class people who are struggling along day to day to make ends meet, many of them out of a job in this current depression, why should they have to bear this burden so that students from rich and wealthy families can go to exclusive schools and graduate and be a financial success and forget about the poor working class people of Providence, while the poor have to pay the taxes to support the city services for these pampered students?
Do you think that the working people would be better off without the schools there? That is absolutely not the case. Without the schools, the working class people would be in even greater difficulty. They would lose jobs and opportunities for advancement. Some businesses would likely close down. It would be terrible for the working class.
And what about the neighbors who have to listen to this loud percussion rock music at the parites of these students. Shouldn’t the poor working class person people have a right to be able to get some sleep in their own houses, especially when they have to get up the next morning to work, unlike these partying students?
That has absolutely nothing to do with taxing students. Rather, it is a matter of law enforcement and local government. If loud music and the like is a problem, then levy a fine on the offenders. Taxing everyone because you are upset at a few would not even deter the parties you are complaining about. But in contrast, a fine for such parties would most definitely cause them to become rare.
Now for general comments…
First, despite whatever costs may be incurred by students, it is demonstrably certain that their benefit to the economy of the community far outweighs those costs. The schools employ thousands. Faculty, student, and school needs bring huge sums of money into the local businesses - therefore ensuring the employment and well-being of a great many people of working class and otherwise.
Second, when examining any social policy matter, one cannot simply look at one group and say “Oh, they deserve to be taxed because they are rich”. Rather, one has to examine the effect if such a tax were to be levied on ALL college students. The answer, of course, is that many would suffer and some would suffer greatly because of such a tax. And if one wants to suggest that only “rich” students should be taxed, then that would be class discrimination.
In conclusion, unless it can be proven that:
- The net effect of the schools on the community is negative.
- The tax should be levied on ALL college students at ALL schools.
then it is not justified to levy this tax.