MONROE COUNTY, Ind. (WLFI) — On Monday, several Indiana University graduate students occupied the office of Rep. Hollingsworth in protest of a proposed tax hike.
The students occupied the U.S. representative's office for about eight hours demanding that the Congressman change his vote in support of the Republican tax plan currently being debated in Washington D.C.
Part of the new plan would require grad students to pay tax on the stipends they receive as well as on their tuition waivers.
“The issue is that we simply cannot afford to pay this tax,” said Campus Action for Democracy member Amanda Waterhouse. “We would have to drop out of graduate school, and there would be no graduate labor force to run the public education system of this state. Indiana University is supposed to serve Hoosiers and promote education, and this bill would make that mission impossible.”
Greenwood police responded to the students' occupation of the office by locking them in and denying them access to bathrooms and outside communication.
The Congressman reportedly refused to speak with the protestors.
The students say they have not been deterred and promise to continue to fight the proposed tax plan.