David has a new piece at Brookings on why “President Barack Obama’s surprise move to drop his proposal to scale back tax breaks for 529 college savings plans illustrates, among other things, why tax reform is so hard.”

Tax reform means taking tax breaks from someone to finance some broader goal–in some cases lower tax rates or, in this case, to move toward a simpler tax code with fewer different tax breaks for education and to shift federal aid for college tuition away from upper-middle-class families and toward lower-middle-class families. [Brookings.edu]

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