UPenn urges students to lobby against GOP tax plan

Toni Airaksinen

  • UPenn President Amy Gutmann recently emailed students to urge them to lobby against the tax reform proposal released by Republicans earlier this month.
  • The email warns of "regressive changes" included in the plan that could affect students, but neglects to mention other aspects, such as lower income tax rates or a major increase in the standard deduction.
  • The University of Pennsylvania recently emailed all students to encourage them to lobby Congress against the proposed Republican tax plan.

    The proposed tax plan, released by House Republicans earlier this month, would make major changes to the tax code if passed, according to The New York Times.

    "We urge you to express your views through social media and directly to elected officials."   

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    UPenn President Amy Gutmann emailed all students on November 9, warning that it would impose “regressive changes” to the tax code that could have a “detrimental impact” on the school.

    “These regressive changes, among other things, could eliminate the tax deduction for student loans; force graduate students to include tuition waivers as taxable income; [and] tax part of universities’ endowment income,” Gutmann warned.

    Gutmann did not mention several aspects of the tax plan, including lower tax rates for certain income brackets and a nearly doubled standard deduction.

    “At this pivotal moment, we urge you to express your views through social media and directly to elected officials in the House of Representatives and the Senate,” Gutmann urged, linking students to a list of contact information for federal officials.

    Gutmann also added that UPenn is actively working alongside other colleges and professional groups to inform elected officials of their concerns, and to “emphasize the value to our country of support for higher education.”

    [RELATED: Wealthy universities fear GOP will end their tax breaks]

    The letter was also co-signed by Provost Wendell Pritchett, and Executive Vice President Craig Carnaroli, and was originally tweeted by Grant Addison.

    Campus Reform reached out to the University of Pennsylvania for comment, but did not receive a response in time for publication.

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    Toni Airaksinen

    Toni Airaksinen

    Toni Airaksinen is a New Jersey-based Campus Reform contributor, and previously served as a Senior Campus Correspondent. Her reporting focuses on campus First Amendment, Title IX, Equal Opportunity, and due process issues, and her stories have been profiled by numerous outlets including Fox News, The New York Post, PBS News, and The Washington Examiner.
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