For college students, access to affordable public transportation is important because it allows students the mobility to find employment and housing that is more than a short walk from campus. The MBTA Rider Oversight Committee is presenting a new proposal to the MBTA board that could help ease the burden riding the T is for college students. This proposal would also extend the T’s operating hours later into the night. Join us on Twitter today at 5 PM as we live tweet the proposal’s presentation. Share your thoughts with us #MBTAHearing. Check out more about the proposal in Boston Magazine.
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In the coming weeks, President Obama and Congress must decide how to avoid going over the “fiscal cliff,” which is a combination of tax increases and spending cuts that would send our economy back into recession.
CDM has compiled talking points on the fiscal cliff that we hope you will use when discussing the situation with peers or when contacting your representatives in Congress.
Young Americans should be as invested in solving staving off this fiscal cliff as any other demographic in the country. If nothing is done, the average middle-class family will see their taxes go up by $2,200 dollars next year. This would make it more difficult for struggling families to send their kids to college–and more difficult for recent graduates to find employment. For the 37 million Americans that have already taken out student loans in the face of the rising cost of higher education, that is simply unacceptable.
So take action: Write an OP-ED or LTE for your local or student newspaper; talk to your peers about why the decisions our elected leaders are making now are so important for your future; and let your congresspeople know what is at stake for you.
Finally, join the conversation on Twitter. The White House recently started a social media campaign called #My2K. President Obama wants us to tweet about what the $2,200 tax increase would mean for our family. Tweet to @CollegeDemsofMA with the hashtag #My2K and we will highlight your tweets in the coming weeks.
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