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Contact your Senators and Representative. Tell them to protect student loan borrowers and oppose Trump and his administration’s repeal of consumer protections.
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One Wisconsin Now
04/18/2017
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New York is a beacon of free tuition…

The standard repayment plan is not nearly enough according to research done by One Wisconsin Institute.
Daily Titan
04/12/2017
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Gender Wage Gap Means Steeper Student Loan Debt Burden for Women

The gender pay gap highlighted today also means greater student loan debt burdens for women as a percentage of their income and longer repayment terms.
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One Wisconsin Now
04/04/2017
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Scott Walker’s 50 Percent Tuition Hike

Gov. Scott Walker’s tuition bill has left students deeper in debt. As a legislator, he voted for budgets that increased tuition by over 50 percent.
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One Wisconsin Now
03/30/2017
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Scot Ross: Refinancing student loans a real solution

Allowing them to refinance their student loans, just like you can with a mortgage, is a common sense solution to deliver real relief for Wisconsin borrowers.
Wisconsin Rapids Daily Tribune
03/22/2017
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Consumer advocacy group against Trump administration changes to defaulted student loan collection

"In addition to your principle... and the interest that you're being charged... you're also then getting charged an interest, another rate on top of that for defaulting."
WQOW-TV
03/21/2017
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Pocan introduces bipartisan student loan refinancing bill

The act would help hundreds of thousands of borrowers in Wisconsin refinance their student loans, according to One Wisconsin Now executive director Scot Ross.
Daily Cardinal
03/21/2017
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Pocan introduces bipartisan bill in effort to alleviate student loan debt

One Wisconsin Now said allowing students to refinance their loans in a system that’s “rigged against them” gives them a “shot at their piece of the American Dream.”
Badger Herald
03/21/2017
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Consumer advocacy group crying foul over Trump administration changes to defaulted student loan collection

"In addition to your principle... and the interest that you're being charged... you're also then getting charged an interest, another rate on top of that for defaulting."
WKOW-TV
03/20/2017
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Democrats’ Common Sense Student Loan Debt Refinancing Bill Available for Action

In good news for Wisconsin student loan borrowers, state legislative Democrats have again officially introduced the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act.
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One Wisconsin Now
03/09/2017
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Scott Walker revives proposal to eliminate for-profit college oversight board

“While other states are stepping up to protect students, Walker has a different idea,” said Analiese Eicher, program director for One Wisconsin Now.
Wisconsin State Journal
02/10/2017
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For-profit college oversight board sizing up Scott Walker’s proposal to abolish it

Scott Walker’s proposal to eliminate EAB after that federal regulatory action drew criticism from the progressive advocacy group One Wisconsin Now.
Capital Times
02/09/2017
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Scott Walker Budget Proposes Eliminating Educational Approval Board

Scott Walker's Unsuccessful 2015 Effort to Nix State Authority Regulating For Profit Colleges in Wisconsin Since 1944 Makes Return Appearance in 2017.
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One Wisconsin Now
02/09/2017
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No Help for Student Loan Borrowers in Scott Walker’s 2017 State Budget Plan

Scott Walker’s budget has a huge deficit of common sense, again failing to include student loan reforms like allowing borrowers to refinance.
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One Wisconsin Now
02/08/2017
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Student-Loan Debt: A Problem that Affects a Million Wisconsinites

Scot Ross, executive director of the public policy non-profit group One Wisconsin Now, said it's not just a problem that affects young people.
WXPR-FM
02/07/2017
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HELD Act Introduced, Common Sense Reform to Help Student Loan Borrowers

With student loan debt rising to record levels and Wisconsin ranking in the top five states for percentage of graduates with debt, it’s time for real solutions.
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One Wisconsin Now
02/07/2017
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Scot Ross: Gov. Scott Walker’s big dodge on student loan debt crisis

The student loan debt crisis is a state and national crisis, it is a multi-generational crisis and it is a worsening crisis.
Capital Times
01/30/2017
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A Failure of Leadership: Gov. Scott Walker’s Big Dodge on Student Loan Debt Crisis

So here’s a little advice for Gov. Scott Walker, stop dodging the student loan debt crisis and start leading by supporting real, common sense reform.
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Scot Ross
01/12/2017
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Wisconsin lawmakers ‘open-minded’ but not sold on Scott Walker’s UW tuition cut

One Wisconsin Now, a driving force behind the effort to create a refinancing authority, accused Walker of giving "recycled advice instead of solutions."
Capital Times
01/11/2017
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Gov. Walker Solution to Student Loan Debt Crisis He Helped Create: ‘Call a Bank’

Gov. Scott Walker is expected to discuss is his recycled advice to “call a bank” to help Wisconsin borrowers deal with the student loan debt crisis.
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One Wisconsin Now
01/11/2017
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In State of State, Scott Walker Offers No Solutions to Student Loan Debt Crisis

Instead of previewing a new policy solution to the crisis, Scott Walker repeated stale talking points and essentially told borrowers to “call a bank.”
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One Wisconsin Now
01/10/2017
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Could Wisconsin point way for nation?

Jenni Dye [research director for One Wisconsin Now] sees a value to organizing around issues like college debt relief that resonate with voters.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
11/06/2016
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Presidential Candidates’ Plans for Tackling Student Debt

The average amount of debt per student has increased more than 50 percent in the last decade, according to TICAS, and One Wisconsin Institute.
Loyola Phoenix
11/03/2016
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Real Life Stories Highlight Toll of Student Loan Crisis

One Wisconsin Institute has released two new videos of student loan borrowers telling their stories as part of their “I Am A Student Loan Voter” campaign.
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One Wisconsin Institute
11/02/2016
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Feingold, Johnson differ on addressing college costs

One Wisconsin Now, a liberal advocacy group based in Madison, was one of the earliest advocates for addressing the student loan debt issue.
Associated Press
10/31/2016
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Eric Wimberger (R-Wall Street)

People across the ideological spectrum agree that student loan debt is a crisis and that borrowers should be able to refinancing their loans like you can a mortgage. Eric Wimberger does not.
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Scot Ross
10/31/2016
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Experts assess college affordability proposals

"This debt causes a significant economic drag on the state's economy," said Mike [Browne], an analyst at One Wisconsin Institute.
Wausau Daily Herald
10/25/2016
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At The Top of Their Class

A new Student Loan Voter Scorecard recently released by the non-partisan One Wisconsin Institute evaluated the positions taken by state legislators.
SSDC
10/24/2016
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Research Shows Student Loan Debt Crisis Worsening

New research finds UW–Oshkosh class of 2015 graduates have the highest average debt of graduates from any four year public universities in Wisconsin.
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One Wisconsin Now
10/19/2016
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Plain Talk: Look behind white board at real Ron Johnson

One Wisconsin Now, which has been a tireless advocate for student loan relief, has labeled Johnson the worst U.S. senator on the student loan crisis.
Capital Times
10/19/2016
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Student Loan Debt a Defining Issue Between Russ Feingold and Sen. Ron Johnson

The latest increase in the burden of student debt adds urgency to what has been a defining issue in the 2016 race for the U.S. Senate in Wisconsin.
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One Wisconsin Now
10/18/2016
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U.S. Senate Debate Prep: Student Loan Debt Crisis Edition

Russ Feingold, Sen. Ron Johnson Match-Up Is Common Sense Versus Uncommon Ignorance on Student Loan Debt Issue
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One Wisconsin Now
10/14/2016
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One Wisconsin Institute Student Loan Debt Video Series Highlights Borrowers’ Stories

One Wisconsin Institute is releasing a series of video interviews featuring Wisconsin borrowers telling their stories about what student loan debt means to them and their families.
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One Wisconsin Institute
10/14/2016
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Sen. Ron Johnson Confirms He's Still the Worst on Student Loan Debt Crisis

Ron Johnson repeated his opposition to letting borrowers refinance their loans and went on to declare too much financial aid for students was the problem.
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One Wisconsin Now
10/07/2016
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Sanders, Feingold Put Student Debt, College Affordability at Forefront

There is no issue with a starker contrast: Democrats want student loan reform and college affordability and Republicans want to starve education.
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One Wisconsin Now
10/05/2016
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Steve Lund: You can’t cut costs without objections

Scot Ross of the liberal group One Wisconsin Now, described it as a stunt ... He said the governor was basically telling student borrowers to “call a bank.”
Kenosha News
09/29/2016
Column

Refinancing Federal Student Loans: A Crisis You Should Know

You cannot refinance federal student loans with the government. We need to change the system. That means changing the minds of politicians like Scott Walker.
Analiese Eicher
Analiese Eicher
09/29/2016
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Gov. Walker Announces Expanded Eligibility for Refinancing Student Loans

One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross spoke to media following Gov. Scott Walker's news conference.
Wisconsin Eye
09/28/2016
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Gov. Walker touts expansion of student lending

Scot Ross said he didn't believe these steps would be enough to address the growing burden of student loan debt in the state.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
09/28/2016
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UW Credit Union expands eligibility to all college students

One Wisconsin Now told reporters the expansion likely won't help anyone because students and recent graduates typically lack collateral and a credit history.
Associated Press
09/27/2016
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Gov. Walker to One Million Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers: ‘Call a Bank’

Wisconsin student loan borrowers have over $19 billion in debt and the best Scott Walker can do is to hold a press conference announcing he's doing nothing.
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One Wisconsin Now
09/27/2016
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UW Credit Union Ups Membership Criteria

The effort drew criticism from Scot Ross with One Wisconsin Now, a liberal advocacy group that has been a strong proponent for reforms in the student loan system.
Wisconsin Radio Network
09/27/2016
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Walker Touts ‘Private Sector Solutions’ To Student Debt

Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, a liberal advocacy group heavily involved in the student debt issues, called the new initiative "useless."
Wisconsin Public Radio
09/27/2016
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Gov. Walker looks to private sector for student loan refinancing initiative

With 70 percent of our graduates having student debt - and his answer is a website and go to a bank - as offensive as it is useless.
WKOW-TV
09/27/2016
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Six months after Wisconsin student loan debt specialist appointed, website set to launch

One Wisconsin Now questioned why Weiss hasn't been more visible, noting DFI's website doesn't appear to offer any contact information.
Capital Times
09/22/2016
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New Polls Find Overwhelming Support for Allowing Refinancing of Student Loans

Over 80 Percent of Survey Respondents in Three Swing State Senate Districts Back Allowing Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers to Refinance.
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One Wisconsin Now
09/22/2016
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One Wisconsin Institute Unveils First-of-Its-Kind Student Loan Voter Scorecard

At StudentLoanVoter.org, Wisconsin Voters Can Find Out Who Is, And Who Isn’t, Supporting Common Sense Reforms to Reduce Burden on Student Loan Borrowers.
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One Wisconsin Institute
09/21/2016
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Globe Univ. Supporter Ron Johnson Has Explaining to Do After Court Fraud Ruling

According to media reports, a Minnesota judge has ruled that the for-profit Globe University has violated state consumer protection and fraud laws.
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One Wisconsin Now
09/12/2016
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