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# A new state-sponsored tax law aimed at increasing the state’s college

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Updated on: 28 May 2017, 20:26
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A new state-sponsored tax law aimed at increasing the state’s college attendance rate gives local public universities tax incentives to encourage acceptance of a greater percentage of applicants from within the state. Legislators supporting the new law believe that it will not only allow more students from the state to obtain further education, but also provide a strong financial boost to in-state universities.

Which of the following, if true, would provide the strongest critique of the legislators' proposal?

(A) Public universities receive the majority of their funding through state-sponsored initiatives.
(B) Public universities are generally less expensive than private universities.
(C) Many college applicants find that relocating to a new state is the single largest obstacle to attending college.
(D) Public universities feel that having a broader applicant pool is more financially beneficial than the incentives provided under the new law.
(E) Applications to universities within the state reached an all-time high for the previous academic year.

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Query: according to me C should be OA.
Where I flawed: I took legislator's proposal as belief in last sentence of argument. Can you help what exactly are we trying to weaken?
Legislator's belief of first sentence?

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Originally posted by adkikani on 28 May 2017, 17:54.
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28 May 2017, 20:32
Please don't give the OA directly below the question. Reading the OA as soon as you read the question doesn't make the brain search for answers.
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28 May 2017, 21:15
IMO it's D

The logic to be weaken is
New tax law incentive>more students from state> financial boost.

1. Doesn't change any situation with the new change.
2. Out of scope
3. It gets better for students but doesn't say anything for or against the financial situation.
4. Broader application pool is financially more beneficial than tax incentives. Restricting it to state will hurt that. So it's the critique against legistrators' logic.
5. Same as 3

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29 May 2017, 15:58
sriamlan wrote:
Please don't give the OA directly below the question. Reading the OA as soon as you read the question doesn't make the brain search for answers.

Sure, will take care to correct the same while posting
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29 May 2017, 16:08
Hi Experts,
I am having tough time comprehending this argument.
Here are my specific queries:
a. Is first statement a fact? Can I dispute it?
b. Goal is to weaken the conclusion (or belief): the two reasons that legislators cite for supporting new tax laws are being received positively by public universities.

Had this been a bold face question, how would you have isolated the conclusion and on what basis?

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29 May 2017, 23:04
Hi Experts,
I am having tough time comprehending this argument.
Here are my specific queries:
a. Is first statement a fact? Can I dispute it?
b. Goal is to weaken the conclusion (or belief): the two reasons that legislators cite for supporting new tax laws are being received positively by public universities.

Had this been a bold face question, how would you have isolated the conclusion and on what basis?

Thanks.

Premise: A new state-sponsored tax law aimed at increasing the state’s college attendance rate gives local public universities tax incentives to encourage acceptance of a greater percentage of applicants from within the state .

Conclusion: Legislators supporting the new law believe that it will not only allow more students from the state to obtain further education, but also provide a strong financial boost to in-state universities.

The question asks which choice weakens the conclusion.

(A) Public universities receive the majority of their funding through state-sponsored initiatives.
This choice strengthens the conclusion. Tax incentives will help these colleges boost their financial state.

(B) Public universities are generally less expensive than private universities.
Public universities are less expensive because they are offered tax incentives. Hence, this choice strengthens the conclusion.

(C) Many college applicants find that relocating to a new state is the single largest obstacle to attending college.
This choice strengthens the conclusion. College applicants will perfer local state colleges. As a result, tax incentives will help local state colleges attract more applicants.

(D) Public universities feel that having a broader applicant pool is more financially beneficial than the incentives provided under the new law.
Correct. In case that local public colleges prefer having a broader applicant pool, they will try to attract more international students rather than local students. This will make the policy fail to reach it's aim.

(E) Applications to universities within the state reached an all-time high for the previous academic year.
This choice is irrelevant to the argument.
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