Nebraska Homecoming Parade, 9.22.2017

LINCOLN, NEB. - 09/22/2017 - Johnny Goc, 3, of Lincoln watches as the Cornhusker Marching Band leads off the University of Nebraska- Lincoln homecoming parade on Friday, Sept. 22, 2017, at the corner of 16th Street and Vine. The Homecoming festivities coincide with Nebraska's celebration of 150 years of statehood. KAYLA WOLF/Journal Star

KAYLA WOLF

The tax reform bill currently under consideration would harm many hard-working Nebraskans. Both of our U.S. senators must vote no.

Specifically, taxing tuition waivers for grad students -- money that they never actually receive -- as proposed in House legislation will grind education and dreams to a halt.

Having lived in Indiana, Boston and the Twin Cities, I came to Nebraska for one purpose only: to attend grad school at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Thanks to their fully funded graduate teaching assistant programs, I was able to focus on completing my master's degree.

This was not a handout but an opportunity to earn my education through working reasonable hours. Since graduating in 2016, I stayed in Lincoln and now contribute to the larger community.

I started my own business that employs UNL students to get them valuable on-the-job experience. I am active in a church and several professional organizations, and I directly impact many individual students of all ages through my teaching career.

I am self-sufficient and contribute to Lincoln's growth, and I never would have come here without the graduate student resources at UNL. If this bill passes, entrepreneurs like me will not be able to pursue the training and education they need, and Lincoln’s economy and culture will be directly affected.

I implore Sens. Ben Sasse and Deb Fischer to serve their fellow Nebraskans by not allowing this harmful bill to pass.

Korynne Bolt, Lincoln

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