I am a 22-year-old graduate student completing a Ph.D. in music composition from Wisconsin.
My dream is to become a professor of music and to eventually teach at an institution such as the University of Wisconsin-Madison.
While completing my Ph.D. I receive a tuition waiver that covers my tuition while I am completing my research. This is not income in any way. This is a scholarship that is afforded to me and my colleagues so that we may develop our research, gain valuable teaching experience and think critically about our work and how it engages with others (something that is vital in today's climate).
The Republicans' tax bill will take away these possibilities by taxing these scholarships as actual income -- making it virtually impossible to continue graduate study.
This bill will destroy the dreams of graduate students all over the United States. I am proud to be from Wisconsin and I am proud of what I have achieved so far. This has only been possible because of the incredible education opportunities that I had in the Wisconsin public education system.
I implore our representatives not to take away what I and so many others have worked for in order to greater benefit the wealthiest individuals in our country.
Andrew Harlan, Onalaska