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See How Your State Senator and State Representative Scored on One Wisconsin Institute's Student Loan Debt Scorecard

One Wisconsin Institute supports affordable higher education and common sense solutions to the student debt crisis. No bills passed by the Wisconsin State Legislature and signed by Governor Scott Walker do anything to alleviate high interest rates and large monthly payments that Wisconsin borrowers face for doing the right thing by getting an education or job training.

State Senate Scorecard

Janet Bewley
(D - Ashland)
100%
Tim Carpenter
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Robert Cowles
(R - Green Bay)
0%
Alberta Darling
(R - River Hills)
0%
Jon Erpenbach
(D - Middleton)
100%
Paul Farrow
(R - Pewaukee)
0%
Scott Fitzgerald
(R - Juneau)
0%
Rick Gudex
(R - Fond du Lac)
0%
Dave Hansen
(D - Green Bay)
100%
Nikiya Harris Dodd
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Sheila Harsdorf
(R - River Falls)
0%
Chris Kapenga
(R - Delafield)
50%
Chris Larson
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Frank Lasee
(R - De Pere)
0%
Julie Lassa
(D - Stevens Point)
100%
Mary Lazich
(R - New Berlin)
0%
Devin LeMahieu
(R - Oostburg)
0%
Howard Marklein
(R - Spring Green)
0%
Mark Miller
(D - Monona)
100%
Terry Moulton
(R - Chippewa Falls)
0%
Stephen Nass
(R - Whitewater)
0%
Luther Olsen
(R - Ripon)
0%
Jerry Petrowski
(R - Marathon)
0%
Janis Ringhand
(D - Evansville)
100%
Fred Risser
(D - Madison)
100%
Roger Roth
(R - Appleton)
0%
Jennifer Shilling
(D - La Crosse)
100%
Duey Stroebel
(R - Saukville)
0%
Lena Taylor
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Thomas Tiffany
(R - Hazelhurst)
0%
Kathleen Vinehout
(D - Alma)
60%
Leah Vukmir
(R - Brookfield)
0%
Van Wanggaard
(R - Racine)
0%
Robert Wirch
(D - Kenosha)
100%

State Assembly Scorecard

Scott Allen
(R - Waukesha)
14%
Tyler August
(R - Lake Geneva)
0%
Joan Ballweg
(R - Markesan)
0%
Peter Barca
(D - Kenosha)
100%
Mandela Barnes
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Terese Berceau
(D - Madison)
100%
Kathy Bernier
(R - Chippewa Falls)
0%
Jill Billings
(D - LaCrosse)
100%
Mark Born
(R - Beaver Dam)
0%
David Bowen
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Janel Brandtjen
(R - Menomonee Falls)
29%
Ed Brooks
(R - Reedsburg)
0%
Robert Brooks
(R - Saukville)
50%
Jonathan Brostoff
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Dave Considine
(D - Baraboo)
100%
David Craig
(R - Big Bend)
14%
Mary Czaja
(R - Irma)
0%
Chris Danou
(D - Trempealeau)
100%
Steve Doyle
(D - Onalaska)
100%
Cindi Duchow
(R - Town of Delafield)
0%
James Edming
(R - Glen Flora)
0%
Bob Gannon
(R - West Bend)
0%
Eric Genrich
(D - Green Bay)
100%
Evan Goyke
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
David Heaton
(R - Wausau)
0%
Gary Hebl
(D - Sun Prairie)
100%
Dianne Hesselbein
(D - Middleton)
100%
Gordon Hintz
(D - Oshkosh)
100%
Cody Horlacher
(R - Mukwonago)
0%
Rob Hutton
(R - Brookfield)
14%
Andre Jacque
(R - DePere)
43%
John Jagler
(R - Watertown)
0%
Adam Jarchow
(R - Balsam Lake)
14%
LaTonya Johnson
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Andy Jorgensen
(D - Milton)
100%
Robb Kahl
(D - Monona)
100%
Terry Katsma
(R - Oostburg)
0%
Samantha Kerkman
(R - Salem)
0%
Fred Kessler
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Joel Kitchens
(R - Sturgeon Bay)
0%
Joel Kleefisch
(R - Oconomowoc)
0%
Daniel Knodl
(R - Germantown)
0%
Dean Knudson
(R - Hudson)
0%
Debra Kolste
(D - Janesville)
100%
Dale Kooyenga
(R - Brookfield)
0%
Jesse Kremer
(R - Kewaskum)
0%
Scott Krug
(R - Nekoosa)
0%
Mike Kuglitsch
(R - New Berlin)
0%
Bob Kulp
(R - Stratford)
0%
Thomas Larson
(R - Colfax)
0%
Amy Loudenbeck
(R - Clinton)
0%
John Macco
(R - Ledgeview)
0%
Cory Mason
(D - Racine)
100%
Beth Meyers
(D - Bayfield)
100%
Nick Milroy
(D - South Range)
100%
David Murphy
(R - Greenville)
0%
Jeffrey Mursau
(R - Crivitz)
0%
John Murtha
(R - Baldwin)
0%
Lee Nerison
(R - Westby)
0%
Adam Neylon
(R - Pewaukee)
0%
Todd Novak
(R - Dodgeville)
0%
John Nygren
(R - Marinette)
0%
Tod Ohnstad
(D - Kenosha)
100%
Alvin Ott
(R - Forest Junction)
0%
Jim Ott
(R - Mequon)
0%
Kevin Petersen
(R - Waupaca)
0%
Warren Petryk
(R - Eleva)
0%
Sondy Pope
(D - Mt. Horeb)
100%
Romaine Quinn
(R - Rice Lake)
0%
Daniel Riemer
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Keith Ripp
(R - Lodi)
0%
Jessie Rodriguez
(R - Oak Creek)
0%
Mike Rohrkaste
(R - Neenah)
0%
Joe Sanfelippo
(R - New Berlin)
0%
Melissa Sargent
(D - Madison)
100%
Michael Schraa
(R - Oshkosh)
0%
Katrina Shankland
(D - Stevens Point)
100%
Christine Sinicki
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Ken Skowronski
(R - Franklin)
0%
John Spiros
(R - Marshfield)
0%
Mark Spreitzer
(D - Beloit)
100%
David Steffen
(R - Green Bay)
0%
Jim Steineke
(R - Kaukauna)
0%
Amanda Stuck
(D - Appleton)
100%
Lisa Subeck
(D - Madison)
100%
Rob Swearingen
(R - Rhinelander)
0%
Gary Tauchen
(R - Bonduel)
0%
Chris Taylor
(D - Madison)
100%
Jeremy Thiesfeldt
(R - Fond du Lac)
0%
Paul Tittl
(R - Manitowoc)
0%
Travis Tranel
(R - Cuba City)
0%
Nancy VanderMeer
(R - Tomah)
0%
Tyler Vorpagel
(R - Plymouth)
0%
Robin Vos
(R - Rochester)
0%
Dana Wachs
(D - Eau Claire)
100%
Thomas Weatherston
(R - Caledonia)
0%
Leon Young
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
JoCasta Zamarripa
(D - Milwaukee)
100%
Josh Zepnick
(D - Milwaukee)
100%

Scorecard Key

Supported student loan borrowers
Opposed student loan borrowers
Did not vote on this bill

Higher Ed, Lower Debt

The "Higher Ed, Lower Debt" bill would help Wisconsin borrowers to refinance their student loans, just like you can with a mortgage. The plan would also extend an existing state tax deduction to include student loan payments and provide additional information and loan counseling to borrowers.

2015 AB 739

This bill creates an individual income tax subtract modification, or deduction, for interest paid by a claimant on certain qualified education loans, to the extent that the claimant has not already deducted such interest from his federal taxes. Under federal law, a deduction for qualified education loan interest exists but the deduction is capped at $2,500 per year, and the maximum deduction amount is phased down to zero as the claimant's income rises to the annual income limit that is set under federal law.

2015 AB 740

This bill provides for additional funding for Wisconsin grants to technical college students. Under current law, the Higher Educational Aids Board (HEAB) administers the Wisconsin grants program, which provides grants to resident postsecondary students enrolled in institutions of higher education, including technical colleges. The bill provides additional funding for Wisconsin grants to technical college students by allowing the Technical College System Board (TCSB) to solicit contributions from technical college district boards to HEAB to provide funding for the grants. In addition, the bill allows the TCSB to transfer money from certain of its appropriations for the grants. The bill limits the total amount the TCSB may transfer in a fiscal year based on the amount of contributions by district boards in the fiscal year. Under that limit, the amount of contributions is subtracted from $1,000,000, and the transfers may not exceed the difference.The bill also provides additional general purpose revenue (GPR) for the grants to technical college students, but only if the TCSB makes transfers or district boards make contributions in a fiscal year. The bill provides GPR in a fiscal year in an amount equal to the sum of the transfers and contributions in the fiscal year, except that the GPR may not exceed $1,000,000.

2015 AB 741

This bill creates a program to award grants to address emergency financial needs of certain college students. Under the Act, a student is eligible for a grant if the following criteria are met: The student is enrolled in the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) or a twoyear University of Wisconsin (UW) college campus. The student’s expected family contribution, as determined by the federal Free Application for Federal Student Aid, is less than $5,000.

2015 AB 742

This bill requires the Department of Workforce Development, as part of its workforce training program, commonly referred to as the Fast Forward Program, to provide coordination between institutions of higher education and employers to increase the number of students who are placed with employers for internships and increases the authorized full-time equivalent positions for that department by 2.0 positions for that purpose.

2015 AB 743

This bill requires the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System to make efforts to assist students in the system's two-year and and four-year schools in securing internships with businesses. The bill also requires the Board of Regents to create full-time equivalent positions to coordinate those efforts.

2015 AB 744

This bill requires any institution of higher education in this state that offers an associate degree or higher (institution) to annually provide a letter to each student that contains certain information, including all of the following: 1) information about each of the student's student loans, including the total amount of debt accrued under the loan, the loan's interest rate, the estimated future monthly payment under the loan, and the total projected cost of the loan; 2) the estimated total cost of attendance at the institution for the academic year, including actual or estimated costs of tuition, fees, and room and board; and 3) the cumulative amount of state, federal, and institutional grants that the student receives. This letter must be provided to the student at the beginning of the academic year. The bill also requires the institution to provide to students information on financial literacy within the student's first semester of enrollment.