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The key higher ed issues for states in 2018

January 18, 2018

In a December convening around Higher Education Government Relations in San Diego, AASCU director of state relations and policy analysis Tom Harnisch called the tax bill “the wild card for state budgets.” While the final bill allows taxpayers to deduct up to $10,000 in state and local taxes on their federal returns, there is still concern about how higher-tax states will respond.

State responses to population shifts, a major driver in the conversation about how public higher education is structured, made the seventh spot on the AASCU list. A recent Western Interstate Commission for Higher Education report found that while the number of high school graduates will continue to increase through the 2024-2025 school year, there will be an 8% decline in the following decade.

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