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


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

Watch or listen: ‘Week in Review’ from WisEye

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Every Friday, WisconsinEye produces ‘Week in Review’, in both video and audio. The latest episode covers: • Budget battling between Walker and GOP • The budget debate re: UW • Giving DOA more clout • A state agency to let student borrowers refinance • New Tommy Thompson Leadership Center • Next weekend’s Dem Party Chair election • Sheriff Walker’s needed out from Wisconsin

State Dems, GOP differ on how best to alleviate student loan debt


Democrats on the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee on Tuesday reintroduced an oft-rejected proposal that would allow student loans to be refinanced at lower interest rates. It was met with resistance once again by the committee’s Republican majority, who say the private sector, not the state, should be the ones offering the option. > The Cap Times

Baldwin pushing bill to allow student loan refinancing


U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin joined Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) and 36 of their Senate colleagues in introducing legislation that would allow those with outstanding student loan debt to refinance at the interest rates offered to new federal borrowers in the 2016-2017 school year. > Urban Milwaukee

Baldwin co-leading effort to support working college students


Sen. Tammy Baldwin and Rep. Ami Bera (D-CA) are leading an effort to support students who work their way through school. Because students who work are currently eligible for less financial aid, the Working Students Act will increase the amount they can earn without it counting against their financial aid eligibility.  >  Press release

Kind leading charge to let student borrowers refinance with lower rates


“One of the most common topics people bring up during my visits to small businesses, tech colleges, universities, and at listening sessions is the need to allow Wisconsinites to refinance student loans,” said U.S. Rep. Ron Kind (D-La Crosse). “With people unable to get ahead because of high interest rates, it’s time to take action.”  >  Press release


Schimel declines to join multi-state appeal to protect student borrowers

Attorneys General from across the country – including Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa –have joined together to oppose President Trump and Education Secretary DeVos’s plan to repeal consumer protections for student loan borrowers. But Wisconsin’s AG Brad Schimel is absent from the effort.  >  One Wisconsin Now