brad schimel in front of student graduates
Press Release
July 7, 2017
Media Contact
Mike Browne, Deputy Director
(608) 444-3483
One Wisconsin Now

Brad Schimel Refuses to Protect Student Loan Borrowers, Again

Way Past Time for Wisconsin Attorney General to Do the Right Thing

MADISON, Wis. — The refusal of Donald Trump’s Secretary of Education, Betsy DeVos, to move forward with rules protecting student loan borrowers from predatory for-profit colleges has triggered a lawsuit from the Attorneys General of eighteen states and the District of Columbia.

The rules were intended address loan forgiveness for students in cases when they were victimized by predatory for profit colleges engaging in dishonest practices. In Wisconsin there have been multiple instances of for-profit colleges abruptly closing, leaving students deep in debt and without the degrees or training they were paying for and working to earn.

However, Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel is not among those acting to protect student loan borrowers. Schimel previously declined to join Attorneys General from across the country, including from neighboring states Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa, to oppose a Trump-DeVos scheme to repeal consumer protections for student loan borrowers.

The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross:

“While Attorneys General across the country continue to take actions to protect the rights of student loan borrowers, Brad Schimel continues to do nothing.

“Schimel created a $1 million Office of Solicitor General that he used, when Barack Obama was President, to sue the federal government to protect polluters, to discriminate against transgender students and to bash immigrants.

“But now Brad Schimel is unwilling to stand up to Donald Trump and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, even as they undermine protections for student loan borrowers working hard to get their education and taking on the personal responsibility to pay for it.

“It’s way past time for Brad Schimel to stop using his office to do the political thing for his own career and start doing the right thing for the people he was elected to serve.”

# # #

One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

us capitol building
Press Release

Gov. Scott Walker Joins ‘If It’s True’ Crowd

Meanwhile in an interview broadcast on Sunday, Gov. Scott Walker, joined those offering aid and comfort to Moore by falling back on the “if it’s true” refrain.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/13/2017
scott walker in a hole
Press Release

One Wisconsin Now Statements on Gov. Scott Walker Signing Foxconn Contract

Scott Walker literally signed away our future, agreeing to a contract to send billions of our tax dollars to boost the bottom line of a foreign corporation.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/10/2017
ron johnson
Press Release

Ron Johnson’s Failure to Confront Sexual Abuse of Women & Children Continues

Ron Johnson Offers Only Qualified Condemnation of Sourced Reporting of Abuse of Teens, Minor Women by GOP U.S. Senate Candidate Roy Moore
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/10/2017
wisconsin over money
Press Release

Rigged Bid Delivers Contract for Scott Walker’s Campaign Treasurer

A consulting firm owned by Gov. Scott Walker’s campaign treasurer Kate Lind received a state contract for services, after being the only one to bid on it.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/09/2017
scot ross tv still
In the News

Bill would lower drinking age in Wisconsin to 19

Scot Ross, who leads the liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, says the bill sends the wrong message about the state's drinking culture.
WKOW-TV
11/09/2017
university of wisconsin bascom hall
Press Release

UW Students Blast Regents Policy Threatening Free Speech on Campuses

UW students and free speech advocates are organizing to fight back against new restrictions on speech being imposed system wide by the Board of Regents
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Institute
11/08/2017
signing contract
Press Release

Before Ink Dry on Contract, Scott Walker Running from Foxconn Deal

Scott Walker Can Run From Deal, But Voters Won’t Let Him Hide From His Giveaway to Foreign Corporation
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/08/2017
Student Loan Debt Graduation Cap and Money
Press Release

Americans Over Age 60 Fastest Growing Demographic for Student Loan Debt

A study from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau finds that borrowers over age 60 is the age demographic in which debt is growing the fastest.
One Wisconsin Logo
One Wisconsin Now
11/07/2017