Posted on February 19, 2018 by Jana Schwartz

tunity to listen to an important discussion on tax reform policy at the San Antonio Central Library on President’s Day, Feb. 19. Students heard from a distinguished panel – U.S. Congressman Joaquin Castro, U.S. House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Executive Director of the Center for Public Policies Priorities Ann Beeson. Associate Dean and Associate Professor of the College of Public Policy Francine Romero moderated the discussion.

UTSA students and staff with Nancy Pelosi

(Feb. 19, 2018) – WOAI News4 San Antonio

House minority leader Nancy Pelosi joined Congressman Joaquin Castro, to discuss the nation’s recently passed tax bill.

Republicans say the recent tax reform bill passed resulted in one million Americans receiving raises or bonuses and more than 100 companies giving an increase in wages. But, Monday, U.S. House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi says that all only goes so far.

Nancy Pelosi speaking to room of people

“How about increasing people’s wages, Democrats have a better deal, it's called better jobs, better wages, better future. How we can increase the paycheck of the American worker that is the most vital thing that we can do to grow our economy," said Pelosi.

Monday, Pelosi along with Congressman Joaquin Castro and Ann Beeson spoke with an audience of about 50 at the San Antonio Public Library, answering questions and concerns about the bill. Castro and Pelosi say it will force millions of middle income families to pay more in taxes and paves the way for cuts to Medicare and Medicaid. Dr. Francine Romero, who moderated the discussion, posed questions to the panel from some of our own public policy students.

Nancy Pelosi speaking

Read more from WOAI’s recap.

— Jana Schwartz