Monday Memo: news & views about working at UC
For the Week of November 20, 2017
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The Republican tax plan pending in Congress would be “disastrous” to graduate students and their families, as well as institutions of higher education, according to Inside Higher Ed.

The American Council of Education says in a letter to Congress that the tax changes would “discourage participation in postsecondary education, make college more expensive for those who do enroll and undermine the financial stability of public and private, two-year and four-year colleges and universities.”

A nonpartisan Congressional committee reports the changes would raise taxes on those making less than $75,000 a year, gifting the wealthy with massive tax cuts, according to the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities.

ACTION ALERT: The GOP’s tax proposals have been widely criticized as a massive giveaway to the super-rich at the expense of working people. UPTE’s international union, CWA, is providing a toll free number to call your representatives. Please take a moment and express your opposition today: 888-894-6720

UC president Janet Napolitano is apologizing to the regents after they admonished her for “agreeing to a plan that led to interference in a state audit” of her office, reports the Los Angeles Times. The regents unanimously agreed to support Napolitano’s continued leadership, but disagreed about disciplinary actions and corrective measures, which will be taken up at the next meeting.

The university is following up on its commitment to support DACA (or Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients by advocating that Congress include the Dream Act of 2017 in a spending bill that must pass by December 8.

The regents also gave the go-ahead to allow the UC to enter a bid for running the Los Alamos National Laboratory, according to the Mercury News. UC was the lab’s sole operator for decades and is currently part of the lab’s management

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