USC grad students walk out to protest GOP tax reform bill

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Some GOP lawmakers, referencing concerns from their constituents, have said they want to reach a "positive solution" on tuition waivers.

Jessica Naeffie is the president of the UO Graduate Teaching Fellows Federation.

Still, attending a university is not necessarily a bad investment for a student, if they can pay for it.

While students don't receive cold hard cash for their tuition, universities do often grant them stipends for research and work done on campus.

Under the tax plan, graduate students' annual tuition stipends would count toward their taxable income - leading to deeper out-of-pocket costs. For this student, the largest increase in ETR under the House plan was 18.1 percent, mostly because their income is low enough that under previous historical tax structures they paid very little. Graduate assistants will pay more for their education. The fifth-year doctoral student in the math department at the University of Oklahoma makes about $16,000 in exchange for ten months of teaching a year.

"Honor. Courage. Commitment. If Congress lived by those values", he says, "we wouldn't be having this conversation". He would also like to see Hopkins state more concrete plans and take a stronger stance against the bill. 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. "We may be making half of what we thought we (would) to go on and do research for universities".

Research universities have not done a very good job of explaining the importance of graduate education to society, emphasizing instead the place of undergraduate education. However, students who are working toward an advanced degree are among those who could be paying more under the new plan.

"It's a reality of life", she said. It's not that people approve or disapprove, but we do get a lot of questions about this: "Have they said something?"

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.

At the University of Maryland, students said they felt like the tax plan treats them like trash, and they wore garbage bags to a rally. "For someone like me, it's impossible to imagine staying at Penn running-up debt or asking somebody at home for extra money".

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Roger Stone - who worked as an adviser to the President - is quoted in the latest issue as saying, "she knew it was in his blood". In his telling, she told him: 'Your friends are exhausted of this striptease. "Every four years you talk about it".

By the end of the year, we should know where we stand with the massive tax reform plan being tossed around in Congress right now. The Senate bill also doesn't tax deductions for student loan interest. Mike Enzi, R-WY.

The GOP has said the tax plan will lower taxes for the majority of Americas and reduce the burden on those in the middle-class.

Five USC graduate students have organized a national walkout on Wednesday to protest provisions that would affect higher education in the Republican-sponsored tax reform bill.

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

Wright said the action had two targets: Congress and the University administration.

"We're not going to get through", Teitelman said.

Brown said the bill would have long-term consequences.

"Ultimately, the differences between the House and the Senate will have to be reconciled", he said. According to the National Center for Education Statistics, three million USA students will have enrolled in a post-baccalaureate program as of this fall, all of whom may be at risk if this measure would make the final version of the tax plan.

Many colleges have already spoken out against the revoking of the tax credit, including Carnegie Mellon University and Penn State University. "It's not as though individual universities can track moment by moment negotiations on federal bills of the complexity that you see with the possible tax bill".

Meanwhile, students are waiting for the latest news from Washington, D.C., knowing the decisions made in the nation's capitol will impact their futures directly. My concrete demand would be to promise the students that whatever happens, our tax costs aren't going to go up.

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