Auburn graduate students protest tax reform bill

Auburn graduate students protest tax reform bill

Auburn graduate students protest tax reform bill

Just feet away from the Offices of the President and Provost, about 50 graduate students sat in the lobby of College Hall on November 29 to protest the GOP tax bill. "This will negatively impact our current students and will likely also decrease the number of people who would consider applying for our graduate programs".

The plan would tax the value of students' free tuition - meaning students like Brower would have to pay taxes as if he made $40,000 a year. It is unlikely that I will take any more classes while at Yale.

So we're seeking public commitments from him, from other local central OH lawmakers for my group and for other local lawmakers for the other schools who are protesting today, as well as from our senators, that they will publicly commit to opposing any version of the bill that attacks higher education in this way. "So while both the House and the Senate plans adjust tax treatment for certain entities and eliminate certain deductions, they both also lower rates, double the standard deduction and increase the child tax credit, resulting in a net tax cut for millions of working-class and middle-income Pennsylvanians".

She noted WSU's engineering and criminal justice departments are cutting graduate research stipends to meet universitywide spending targets. These efforts follow several weeks of outreach to Congress by the Chancellors of the CU campuses and President Bruce Benson. Students from all walks of life and all family backgrounds will lead the way in making that future a reality - if we enact tax reforms that continue to support their educational dreams. "And suddenly we would be on the hook for about $90,000 taxable income after this kind of change".

There are 6,212 graduate students at OU this semester.

These messages included "The "Tax Cuts and Jobs Act" COSTS ME $4,426" and "This act will threaten America's leadership in STEM". However, not everybody has the time or energy to follow up on the entire process.

There's also a lot of concern for what the CU administration is doing about this.

"You are going from a situation where these people are recognized as being below the poverty line", Gardner said, "and putting them in a way where they're being taxed 10 or even 15 percent".

"The House bill in its current form would have a substantial negative impact on livelihoods it threatens to increase our tax burden by nearly two hundred percent in some cases", said Chaz Lee, a graduate student and a member of Graduate Students United (GSU).

Worldwide graduate students at the University would face unique challenges under the tax plan. The Senate bill does not contain the changes the students are protesting. In many graduate programs, Ph.D. candidates work for universities.

As a second-year PhD student at CU, I find all of this very concerning.

Universities could increase graduate student pay to make up for the higher taxes, but that may be hard in an era when many higher education institutions are facing budget cuts.

"There's a misconception that grad school and academia in general is this sort of lofty enterprise", Baldino said.

This tax could radically alter how graduate schools operate.

I think it's evident this will become an added cost associated with attending graduate school.

The Graduate Student Center also held a similar call-in later in the day.

Given today's economy and job market, not getting a college degree isn't an option for those who wish to earn a living wage. This provision will not affect the UO because of its status as a public institution. We also urge our elected leaders to preserve the tax benefits of charitable giving.

The students say it would not affect just them, but everyone, as they're conducting important research.

Graduate students are at the forefront of research and academic advancement in research institutions.

The Graduate and Professional Student Assembly's External Affairs Committee organized a "call-in" where they provided information and scripts for graduate students to call local representatives to express their opinions against the bill. That particular provision is in the House version of the bill, and we've identified some lawmakers in the House that we've been trying to pressure.

"There are people who are working on drugs to help stop cancer", chemistry student Jeaovanna Rios said. "But I think it should be less precarious and not compromised by tax bills". However, we must oppose legislation that would undermine our core missions of education and research and price prospective students and their families out of a secondary education at a time when a highly advanced workforce is needed to propel our state and our nation forward.

During the campaign, Trump supported the idea that university endowments (valued at $600 billion), should provide greater financial support to students. "We do know that collectively we have to stand together to fight it". "And there's just no promise we'll get employment after". Republicans are proving that they are serious about pursuing meaningful reform, even as lobbyists come at them from all sides.

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