29 November 2017
To: Oregon State University facuty, staff and students
From: Edward Feser, Provost and Executive Vice President
Dear Oregon State University employees and students,
I am writing to update you on OSU’s efforts concerning federal tax reform being debated in Congress.
Since President Ray’s communication on this matter on Nov. 16, university officials have continued to work with the Oregon federal delegation and national higher education partners to express our serious concerns with provisions in the House and Senate tax reform bills that would be harmful to our university community and OSU’s mission.
Below is the status of and next steps involving tax reform legislation:
Oregon State University remains opposed to many provisions included in the tax reform legislation moving through Congress (please see the attached chart).
Of particular concern are harmful changes proposed in the House legislation to alter student and family tax code provisions that we believe help individuals and families save and pay for college. The proposed changes include repealing the Lifetime Learning Credit and the Student Loan Interest Deduction, and taxing as income the tuition reductions and remissions we provide to graduate students. At this point, the Senate’s proposal does not include these provisions. Oregon State is urging the Senate to remain firm and keep these alterations out of any tax reform legislation that moves forward.
In the days and weeks ahead, we will continue to update you on the status of the tax reform legislation.
In the meantime, you may wish to contact members of the Oregon Congressional delegation to communicate your personal opinions. Contact information for offices of the Oregon federal delegation is available on OSU’s Office of Government Relations website.
If you have additional questions, please contact Gabrielle Serra, OSU’s director of federal relations at Gabrielle.Serra@oregonstate.edu, who will assist you.
Provost and Executive Vice President