December 5th, 2017
This morning I testified before the Joint Committee on Revenue with my colleague Rep. Jeff Roy, in favor of S.2188, An Act Relative to the accessibility and affordability of trade school education. Pursuing education and training at community colleges, occupational schools, and certificate programs are excellent opportunities for students to develop skills that will make them valuable members of the Senate Bill 2188 was filed to offer encouragement and financial relief to students pursuing such training. Specifically, it would allow students to deduct tuition payments and student loan interest payments made to attend occupational schools and other types of post secondary training. This measure is currently offered to students pursuing undergraduate education at 2 year and 4 year schools. This bill extends that deduction to students attending trade schools. Encouraging students who are interested in pursuing these valued and lucrative careers will help to replenish the workforce and provide alternative career paths. This type of education and training would allow students to enter the workforce with valuable skills at a much lower cost than traditional institutes of higher education.