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Rutgers graduate students protest tax reform

Graduate students at Rutgers University protested on Wednesday, their lives and academic futures clouded by uncertainty. They claim the tax reform bill proposed by House Republicans would strip out special waivers they count on to survive financially.

“This seems almost counterproductive because the tax bill would make it more difficult for grad students to stay in grad school because they won’t be able to afford to be here,” said graduate student Dee Payton.

“It would just make everything very difficult. A lot of my colleagues would drop out,” graduate student Morgan Moyer said.

Moyer’s pursuing a degree in linguistics and cognitive science. She’s one of about 145,000 grad students nationwide ...

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