Ramping Up For November Elections: October Events
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The Tax Cuts and Job Act
A meaningful victory for graduate students across the nation was won by rapid, nationwide mobilization against what could have been a disastrous piece of legislation. On November 2, 2017, the Republican-led House of Representatives unveiled the Tax Cuts and Job Act. The stated goal of this tax reform package is to simplify the nation’s tax code by reducing the number of tax brackets from seven to four, doubling the standard deduction, and eliminating a number of “confusing” exemptions. An unfortunate consequence of this version of the bill was the elimination of the exemption for for graduate employee tuition waivers that could have raise the federal income tax burden by more than $2,500. The TAA encouraged members of the community to speak out against the Tax Cuts and Job Act, and in so doing we joined a movement that ultimately convinced Congress to keep our waivers!
University of Wisconsin–Madison Teaching Assistants’ Association Sanctuary Union
During the October 16 General Membership Meeting, TAA members voted to pass a resolution making our union a sanctuary union, standing in solidarity with Harvard University’s United for Sanctuary Coalition and the Dane Sanctuary Coalition. Going forward, the TAA will continue to work with these organizations to protect TAA members and members of the Madison community from unjust existing immigration policies and future changes to immigration policy. (Read more…)