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Rep. Gray visits A-State to discuss tax plans, student loan debt

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Posted: Thursday, November 16, 2017 7:15 am

Rep. Michael John Gray visited the A-State campus to meet with students from The Herald and Delta Digital News Service. During his visit, Gray discussed tax plans, student loan debt and his plans for the upcoming election season.

A lawyer and a farmer from Augusta, Arkansas, Gray is serving his second term in the Arkansas House of Representatives representing District 47 which includes portions of Jackson, Woodruff, White and Independence counties.

During his discussion with the student journalists, Gray said he recognizes that many of the government policies and issues are affecting the younger generation, specifically the new tax plan and the effects it will have on things like student loan debt.

“How do we get student loans that are manageable?” Gray said. “How do we do these things if we continue to make it easier for the wealthiest of the wealthy? If you want to get a four-year degree, it shouldn't be so expensive that you spend the next 20 years paying for it.”

Gray also addressed the state law allowing concealed carry on college campuses. The representative said he feels as though there are better ways to ensure the safety of students and faculty.

“It's not the best way to do things,” Gray said. “Let's look at better notification technology on campus.”

Gray also said he doesn't want college campuses to be treated like a “war zone.” The state representative feels as though the only “good guys with guns” should be trained law officers.

With regard to media operations in the Trump administration, Gray hopes the long-term benefits of this fear of the media will outweigh the short-term losses.

“It's hard on journalists right now. The media has a responsibility to do a good job, to be honest and to be fair,” he said. “But these things work out. It's just frankly scary sometimes as we're transitioning through.”

As he prepares for the 2018 election season, Gray said his number one priority is getting young people to participate. Whether someone is running for office or working on a campaign, he said he hopes more young people become involved.

“You have to have a voice. Run no matter where you're from. You just have to care about where you're from and want to offer solutions,” Gray said. “We're looking to find quality candidates duo care about people and will stand up for what they believe in.”


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