EUGENE Ore, -- University of Oregon (UO) graduate students will join thousands of other students in the National Walkout and Rallies Against Trump-GOP at Erb Memorial Union (EMU) Free Speech Plaza Tuesday.
UO graduate students said they are protesting the House of Representatives’ proposal to eliminate a long-standing tax exemption for tuition waivers.
Organizers said the House proposal would dramatically increase taxable income for grad workers, undermine the quality and competitiveness of American graduate programs, and make graduate school unaffordable.
The House passed the tax reform bill on November 17th, 2017.
The president of the Graduate Teaching Fellow Federation said most of the students work 40 to 80 hours a week.
UO graduate student Nicholas Hadley said this tax bill could force many of them to take out more loans or force them to reconsider their graduate education.
“One of my biggest concerns is they may not realize the effects of this long term. For many graduate students, this could mean the end of their education,” Hadley said. “And this could be graduate students working in the medical field, technology, research, and biology.”
Not everyone at UO agrees with the walk out. UO College Republican sophomore George Eccarius said he supports the bill.
“I think that people always act out of self-interest, especially in politics. So, of course, some college students and graduate students are going to be upset, but you have to weigh the pros and cons here,” Eccarius said. “I think that this bill is going to be extremely beneficial for young people, for recent graduates, and those entering the job market.”
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