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Elizabeth Warren’s “lobbyist tax” attacks First Amendment in more ways than one

Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., plans to institute a tax on “excessive lobbying,” in an attempt to limit impacts on decision makers by lobbying organizations.

By Michael Clifford, Staff Columnist

October 16, 2019

Warren’s idea is more than an ineffective proposal to curtail government corruption by limiting advocacy spending by organizations.

GOP tax plan threatens grad students the most

(Illustration by Liam McFadden | Staff Illustrator)

By Maggie Durwald | Columnist

December 7, 2017

The Republican Party has once again proven itself to be an enemy of science and higher education — this time in the form of its new tax plan, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. With a vote of 51-49 during the early hours of Dec. 1, the Senate passed the GOP’s latest plan — a draft riddled with last-minute revisions scribbled in its margins — just ho...

Editorial: GOP tax plan would aggrieve grad students

The U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are considering two versions of a tax reform plan that could minimize several tax deduction benefits that Pitt receives. (Photo by Martin Falbisoner via Wikimedia Commons)

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

November 20, 2017

Republicans acted last week with their tax bill to relinquish the United States’ status as a country with one of the highest official corporate tax rates in the world. In its place, the GOP plans to tax another group at record rates — graduate students. Despite uniform resistance from congressional Democrats, Republica...

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