The Tax Cuts and Job Act
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 is the elimination of the exemption for for graduate employee tuition waivers. If signed by the president as-is, federal income taxes for some graduate employees could go up by more than $2,500. The TAA encourages members of the community to speak out against the Tax Cuts and Job Act!
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…)