Reed Listens to Students; Adds Input as he Works for the Future

Posted: April 24, 2014

Corning – Tom Reed sat down with students at Ithaca College on Tuesday to listen to their input on important issues such as student loans, education costs, future opportunities and what happens next – finding a job.

A recent report from the New York State Department of Labor shows graduates with a bachelor’s degree only make up 26% of the workforce in the state. Employment numbers across the country are signaling a tough economy for recent graduates, made tougher by the looming debt that follows graduation. Some graduates facing a tough job market will be paying taxes and choosing healthcare for the first time.

Tom Reed and his House colleagues have passed over 40 pro-growth jobs bills to get government out of the way and create an opportunity for recent graduates to secure the American Dream.

"Life after college always remains in the back of your mind," said Grant Breit, sophomore at Ithaca College. "Will I find a job? Will I be able to afford daily expenses or pay off my student loans? Tom Reed cares about the struggle we may face, and it all comes down to opportunity. We all want the opportunity to succeed, give back and create a self-sustaining lifestyle. High taxes coupled with a lagging job market make these issues important for our generation and the next. The workforce of tomorrow will be buried in debt otherwise."

“While the nation’s total tax burden has risen to its highest historical levels, candidates like Martha Robertson still advocate for higher taxes and bigger government,” said Katherine Pudwill. “Tom Reed cares about young graduates because they don’t deserve the tax-and-spend formula Robertson and her liberal allies condone. Whether she’s doubling property taxes and increasing the cost of small business, advocating for a job killing solution to the Cayuga Power Plant or recklessly spending hardworking tax payer dollars, her unfair policies and philosophies burden families, new graduates and the economy of the Southern Tier.”