Brown University Graduate Students Protest GOP Tax Plan

Brown University Graduate Students Protest GOP Tax Plan

Brown University Graduate Students Protest GOP Tax Plan

Under the new Republican-backed tax plan that's making its way through Congress, tuition waivers would be taxed as regular income and put graduate school out of reach for many, if not most, graduate students on Michigan Tech's campus.

LSU graduate students are sounding the alarm, saying the tax reform bill passed by the U.S. House before Thanksgiving could lead to a "brain drain" in Louisiana.

The Senate plan now being debated doesn't include a similar provision, but whether or not the provision will be part of the final tax reform plan has yet to be decided.

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. Because although you may not know it, graduate students are a foundation of American economic, scientific and cultural strength, and they lie at the center of the nation's most powerful engine of discovery in all fields.

Addressing the crowd, global sociology graduate student Snigdha Kumar said worldwide students already face higher student fees, taxes and costs associated with moving to the United States.

If that version passes in the Senate, the House and Senate would have to compromise on a version of a tax plan.

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Peshawar University students continue with their protest for the third consecutive day.

For young working mothers like Cheyenne Finkbeiner, 22, who attended the rally with her baby, dreams of pursuing higher education may become much more unlikely. We aren't allowed to take on outside jobs, so unless students have parents able to support them, they won't be able to go to graduate school.

Jonathan Brower, a seventh-year Ph.D. student at the University of Maryland's history department, said the university gives him $20,000 a year in exchange for working as a history instructor, a job that he says is extremely labor intensive.

A crowd largely composed of graduate students gathered on campus today in a rally addressing their collective concerns with the proposed changes.

UC Berkeley faculty and administrators have joined the graduate students in condemning the GOP tax bills.

USC Provost Michael Quick said the university was exploring legal options to minimize the impact on the school's 3,100 doctoral students, whose tax bills could triple or quadruple if the change went into effect. "I am really not about that".

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We analyzed the historical taxes of two graduate students* over the four-year period from 2013-2016; one public university student with a stipend between $18,000 and $27,000 per year and one private university student with a stipend between $35,000 and $39,000 per year.

On the steps of the administrative building and through Coffman Plaza, a few hundred students called on university leaders to denounce the House version of a federal tax plan. He said the bill would more than double his taxes.

"As this proposed legislation has serious potential to negatively impact the Duquesne community and higher education at-large, I have voiced the University's opposition to specific aspects of this bill to key legislators in Washington", he said. "We must be very careful stewards of the limited funds we have for aid", Green said.

Michigan Technological University is a public research university, home to more than 7,000 students from 60 countries around the world.

For anyone that relies on a teaching assistant or research position for graduate level tuition, you may soon pay taxes on money that you never see. His research group focuses on biodegradable metals for medical devices that could save lives, like cardiovascular stents that open up blocked arteries and safely absorb into the body once their work is done.

Whether we are interested in health sciences or computing, in art history or economics, the discoveries that move us have all been shaped by graduate student hands. The movement has also partnered with Save Grad Ed, a consortium of students from six universities who will be forced to withdrawal from their universities as a result of the bill, according to their site. 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.

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