In federal tax debate, advocates fear harm to universities, including UW-Madison

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The Republican tax overhaul that passed the U.S. House last month includes provisions that could drain the wallets of students and student debt-holders. Meanwhile, the Senate version omits the provisions that affect students and debt-holders but retains ones that could inflict financial harm on colleges and universities. > Wisconsin State Journal

Wisconsin Gazette: Let students refinance their loans

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After you’ve bought a house, you can refinance your mortgage when a lower interest rate is available. But Wisconsinites with student loans are prevented from taking advantage of lower interest rates because state law doesn’t allow it. In fact, Gov. Walker and the state’s Republican leadership won’t even discuss it. > Wisconsin Gazette

Listen: Baldwin on her push to reauthorize Perkins loans and enable student loan refinancing

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U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin is working on legislation that would reauthorize the Perkins loan program and provide for government refinancing of student debt. In this podcast, Baldwin talks about her experiences listening to student loan borrowers across the state and what bills she’s working on to address their financial challenges. > Cap Times

Baldwin, Johnson and Pocan all part of bipartisan effort to save Perkins Loans

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A bipartisan group of U.S. senators is working to continue a much-needed federal student aid program before it expires on Sept. 30. The Perkins Loan Program is a critical source of funding for students who may not qualify for other higher education loan options. > ACA International

New poll finds strong support for helping Wisconsin student loan borrowers

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A new poll commissioned by One Wisconsin Institute finds broad support for reforms to help student loan borrowers, including nearly two-thirds of respondents who favor allowing student loan borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can with a mortgage. The survey of Wisconsin voters was conducted by Public Policy Polling last week. > Wisconsin Gazette

Governor candidate Gronik: Waive income tax for college grads to pay student loans

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The state should waive income taxes for recent college graduates and then use that money to help young people pay off student loans, Democratic candidate for governor Andy Gronik said Thursday. The Milwaukee businessman said his idea could boost the economy by helping to bring college graduates to the state and keep them here. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Opinion: GOP should go back to school on student loan debt crisis

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On party lines, budget committee Republicans voted down a common-sense solution to help Wisconsin’s student loan borrowers. Why would these Republicans oppose helping solve an economic crisis directly impacting nearly 1 million state residents? It’s clear from the debate that when it comes to student loan debt, the GOP just doesn’t get it. > The Cap Times