According to Republicans in Congress, I am paid $25,500 by the University of Nebraska. In truth, I only see about $9,400 in my take-home pay. I will never get to see the roughly $16,100 the college "pays" me in my tuition waiver.
I do not get to choose how to spend that, how to invest that, how for it to best benefit me. I cannot keep more of that in a lean month or spend more at the holidays. I cannot use it on rent, utilities or food.
I do not live like a person with $25,500 of income. I live like I have $9,400 of income.
Under the House tax plan, my taxes would go from an expected return of $125 to a bill of $1,600, or about 17 percent of my income. This is a hardship those of us pursuing higher education should not be asked to endure.
Kevin Madden, Lincoln