Monday Actions: Block the Tax Plan, Support SAW

1. Simple Gifts Fundraiser: SAW Action Group is holding a fundraiser from now until New Year’s. The “Simple Gifts” fundraiser will offer handmade items to donors in exchange for a donation of whatever level you are comfortable with to SAW. This will help pay for SAW’s park winter lights station and other costs like looking for a permanent office space, signs, and more. More details on how to donate and receive gifts can be found here.
2. The Republican tax plan would offer corporate tax cuts — and pay for them by slashing tax breaks for others. One of the many groups affected would be students, particularly graduate students. The House version of the plan would eliminate the student debt interest deduction. (Sources: NYT, Fox9) The new tax plan could raise student tax rates, making graduate school an impossibility for anyone who didn’t come from the upper class or whose families can’t support them through school. Many fields which require a graduate degree in education, science, library sciences, the arts, healthcare, and more would simply be closed to those students. Students are already burdened with tens of thousands of dollars in debt, and the last thing they need is changes to a tax code which could put them at further financial risk. The House could vote as early as NEXT WEEK on this bill so let’s keep the pressure on. Contact Goodlatte to tell him we don’t approve of the House version of the Republican tax plan.

  • Goodlatte: Staunton (540) 885-3861, Harrisonburg (540) 432-2391, Lynchburg (434) 845-8306, Roanoke (540) 857-2672, Washington DC 202-225-5431 and email form here.
  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is _______ and my zip code is _______. I am contacting Rep. Goodlatte to tell him that I do not support the Republican tax plan, which would increase taxes for graduate students who are already saddled with student debt and get rid of the student loan interest deduction. These measures allow some of our bright minds to continue their education and pursue careers requiring a graduate degree. Don’t prioritize corporations over education. Vote no on the tax plan. Thank you.”

3. Take a moment to congratulate Mr. Goodlatte on his retirement. (Contact info: above.)

  • Suggested script: “Hello, my name is ______ and I am one of Mr. Goodlatte’s constituents. Thank you for choosing not to run for reelection. I believe that was the right thing to do.”

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