UD joins national grad student rally against House tax bill

November 30 07:23 2017

Speakers at the rally asked students to call their congressional representatives and urge them not to support a proposed tax plan that the House of Representatives has already approved and the Senate Budget Committee signed off on this week. He remains hopeful that the growing social media campaigns #SaveGradEd and #GradTaxWalkout coupled with today’s demonstrations will influence the Senate to keep the tuition provision out of the final tax bill.

The actions are being supported (pdf) by the March for Science, which warned lawmakers in a letter, “This bill will have a particularly significant impact on individuals from marginalized communities, already underrepresented in the scientific field”.

Taxing graduate school tuition waivers promises to have a profound negative effect on the ability of our nation’s research universities to impact areas critical to strengthening our nation’s competitiveness in the global marketplace.

As a second-year graduate student at the University of Montana, Rogers receives a tuition waiver for teaching and doing research at the university. Politico reported that tuition waivers at some schools exceed $40,000, meaning some students’ taxable income would more than triple under the House plan. The tuition cost is nearly $8,000. “I don’t live extravagantly”.

“Duke has been working with other universities in North Carolina, and national associations, to support students and employees, and to advocate for sensible tax policies that create opportunity and advancement, not punish them”.

“The stipend we get is just enough to cover basic expenses”, said Emma Carroll, a Ph.D student in the molecular and cell biology department.

For those of us in higher education, the period between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day is about completing research projects, taking and grading exams, and planning for the winter term. I just deal with that because I want to pursue a graduate degree here.

“It’s going to give tax cuts to corporations and the wealthiest Americans, and we don’t think that that’s okay”.

Kurtis Butler is at that critical point of deciding whether to pursue a Ph.D, having finished the coursework for a master’s in geography and almost completed his thesis. I know this is especially hard because graduate students have asked the same from us and, as much as we try, we often find ourselves reacting to issues as they come up.

The UB Living Stipend Movement is planning to hold a peaceful assembly in the administrative offices of UB President Satish Tripathi on Monday, Dec. 4 at 3:30 p.m.to negotiate grad student worker’s stipends.

Siddhesh Wagh wants to get married, but he’s anxious federal tax reform will get in the way.

That would change under the current plan that has passed in the House. Mike Enzi, R-WY. On the one hand, increasing the standard deduction-the amount that taxpayers get to deduct from their taxable income before applying their tax rate-sounds like good news.

Rutgers graduate students joined members of more than 50 universities across the country in an organized walkout, protesting the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was passed earlier this month by House Republicans.

Graduate students are anxious.

After this week’s vote, the two plans will be reconciled into a single bill.

“We’re working on curing cancer and other diseases, making the environment healthy”, Tucci said.

After long and careful deliberation, a majority of us have decided that unionization represents the fairest, most effective and most democratic way for graduate workers at Georgetown to communicate with the administration about our interests as workers.

After the rally, Kelly said she didn’t notice Harreld, and that the UI administration had not made any statements on the House tax bill.

“Ultimately, the differences between the House and the Senate will have to be reconciled”, he said. After the press conference yesterday and the meeting with Donald Trump, a few of them said “I might be more willing to vote for the bill”.

Sumpter stated that this “would make higher education less accessible”.

Boswell added UW is hoping for the best in the face of uncertainty.

The University is actively lobbying against the bill; President Christina Paxson P’19 has called U.S. Senators Jack Reed, D-R.I., and Sheldon Whitehouse, D-R.I., and is in the process of speaking to other members of Congress.

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UD joins national grad student rally against House tax bill
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