Auburn graduate students protest tax reform bill

01 December 2017, 04:40 | Andres Norman

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The "work-in" that was held today was meant to be a rally "where graduate students can read, or grade, or do any kind of work to demonstrate how vital our work is the Penn community", GET-UP wrote on a website publicizing the event. The tax applies to the annual investment earnings of universities with private-equity endowments that equate to more than $250,000 per student (150 schools). Katko voted in favor of the tax plan earlier this month, saying the majority of his constituents would receive tax cuts under the plan in an op-ed for Syracuse.com. But whatever the metaphor, there is no doubt that if the tax provision becomes law, it will make it more hard for young innovators to pursue research and impose a stifling effect on discovery. It remains to be seen exactly how this tax would be implemented, but various calculations show that my income after tax would decrease by some $3,000 each year. As it stands, though, there's one group that may see a huge tax hike: grad students.

The Senate is expected to vote on its version of the tax plan this week. "In addition, thanks to Chancellor DiStefano for his strategic work on the AAU's Board of Directors".

During the campaign, Trump supported the idea that university endowments (valued at $600 billion), should provide greater financial support to students.

Our federal relations team has also been engaging with lawmakers from other states in joint efforts to improve the legislation.

If you are not a graduate student, why should you care?

COGS and faculty members gathered on the Pentacrest Wednesday to protest the proposed Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. However, not everybody has the time or energy to follow up on the entire process. "What are they doing?" "I think that this bill is going to be extremely beneficial for young people, for recent graduates, and those entering the job market".

Beezer de Martelly, a campus doctoral student in music and union member, led the demonstration in front of more than a hundred people, most of whom were graduate students.

"I personally would not have come to graduate school if the tuition waivers were taxed", he said. The biotech industry here wouldn't be what it is without graduate students. "The idea that we would discourage undergraduates from pursuing higher education when it's a net benefit to universities and the USA - it seems very weird". "For many graduate students, this could mean the end of their education", Hadley said. Fellowships or scholarships will not be counted as taxable income.

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If this reform becomes law, access to graduate school will indeed become more limited, even in public institutions like ours.

Graduate students across the country united in protest against a tax on graduate tuition waivers. "And this could be graduate students working in the medical field, technology, research, and biology". "It feels to graduate students and to academic circles as though it's an attack on intellectualism for the sake of attacking intellectualism", he said.

Many grad students teach classes, and conduct research.

Nat Baldino, a third-year Ph.D. student at the university's Department of Women's Studies, has already had to take out student loans to pay for basics such as utilities and rent. If we want to help poor kids go to college, we should pay their tuition.

Washington, D.C., is now one of the most expensive cities in the country to live in, according to The Washington Post. As an independent union, we will take the power that we have obtained for organizing to take matters into our own hands and continue to make life better for graduate students at Wash. "When we graduate, we're a benefit to society".

"This is our voice", she told them. This is what we can achieve by working together: positive, concrete change.

"From our freshmen whose loans are threatened, to our graduate students to whom insult will be added to injury, to their poor-based compensation and their lives in the future and to all of us who came and wanted to be here because of our public education mission; all of that is in danger of drying up", Bono said.



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