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File #: Res 0744-2015    Version: * Name: Student Loan Interest Deduction Act of 2015 (H.R. 509)
Type: Resolution Status: Filed (End of Session)
Committee: Committee on Higher Education
On agenda: 6/10/2015
Enactment date: Law number:
Title: Resolution calling upon Congress to pass, and the President to sign H.R. 509, also known as, the Student Loan Interest Deduction Act of 2015
Sponsors: I. Daneek Miller, Mathieu Eugene, Vincent J. Gentile, Corey D. Johnson, Donovan J. Richards
Council Member Sponsors: 5
Attachments: 1. June 10, 2015 - Stated Meeting Agenda with Links to Files
Res. No. 744
 
 
Resolution calling upon Congress to pass, and the President to sign H.R. 509, also known as, the Student Loan Interest Deduction Act of 2015
 
 
By Council Members Miller, Eugene, Gentile, Johnson and Richards
 
Whereas, A college degree has become increasingly necessary for those entering the workforce; and
Whereas, According to the Pew Research Center Study, "The Rising Cost of Not Going to College," the unemployment rate for a college graduate is 3.8% while the rate is 12.2% for individuals who have only completed high school; and
Whereas, According to the same study, the earnings gap between individuals with high school diplomas compared to those with a college degree has more than doubled since 1965; and
Whereas, In tandem with need and demand, the cost of college has increased as well; and
Whereas, A Forbes article titled, "College Costs Out of Control," noted that since 1985, the overall inflation rate, as reflected in the Consumer Price Index increased 115% while college costs for the same period increased nearly 500%; and  
Whereas, According to the Federal Reserve Bank of New York, national student loan debt stands at nearly $1.2 trillion dollars, affecting 40 million Americans, with New York State graduates accounting for $60 billion dollars of the overall debt; and
Whereas, Data from various sources indicate that record student loan debt poses a danger to the economy due to decreased consumer spending on major purchases such as homes and cars, fewer small business start-ups and greater probability of default on student loans and other debt by those carrying student loan debt; and
Whereas, Currently, federal law provides some tax relief to those paying off student loans in the form of tax deductions for interest paid on any qualified education loan; and  
Whereas, There is an income cap that prevents some debtors from receiving this benefit; and
Whereas, H.R. 509, also known as, the Student Loan Interest Deduction Act of 2015 ("The Act"), sponsored by Rep. Charles Rangel, would increase the maximum tax deduction for interest paid on any qualified education loan from $2,500 dollars to $5,000 dollars for an individual filer and $10,000 for married couples filing jointly; and
Whereas, The Act would also repeal the current income cap and allow for deductions based on modified adjusted gross income; and
Whereas, The Act would provide what could be a crucial financial benefit to individuals and families struggling to pay off student loan debt; now, therefore be it
Resolved, that the Council of the City of New York calls upon the Congress to pass and the President to sign, H.R. 509, the Student Loan Interest Deduction Act of 2015, by Rep. Charles Rangel, into law.
 
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LS: 4646
Date: 3/26/2015
Time: 11:48am
Initials: IM