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


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


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


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


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

Screen Shot 2017-05-26 at 4.57.58 PM

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