Hayes proposes graduate tax to fund third-level education

“The introduction of a graduate tax or levy as a means of funding third-level education instead of the return of college fees has been proposed by Fine Gael spokesman on education, Brian Hayes. In a speech to the Fine Gael national conference in Wexford last night, Mr Hayes outlined his plan whereby graduates would pay a contribution, deductible at source, for a number of years after they entered the labour force. One way of doing this would be through an extra PRSI charge. Mr Hayes said: ‘Paying a small proportion of your income over a period after you graduate, although difficult to sell, would in my view be a fairer solution to this issue.’ …” (more)

[Deaglán de Bréadún, Irish Times, 22 November]

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