While on the campaign trail, Gov. Scott Walker likes to tout his tuition freeze, but what he isn’t telling you is that the freeze came after he had already increased tuition substantially, flatlined financial aid, and significantly cut state support for higher education in the State of Wisconsin.
This has shifted costs to consumers and Wisconsin families, increasing student loan debt and decreasing the affordability of higher education, all while refusing to support a plan that would allow Wisconsin students to refinance their student loan debt like you can a mortgage.
Walker’s approach to higher education has centered on one thing – cuts. In his first budget, he cut hundreds of millions from the UW System and technical colleges, while approving a 5.5% per year tuition increase at UW campuses. His most recent budget proposed an additional $300 million in cuts for the UW System. His budgets have also flatlined financial aid for students, forcing students to borrow more to pay for the increased tuition under his administration.
Declining financial support for higher education has shifted costs onto consumers, increased student loan debt and decreased the affordability of higher ed.
For-profit colleges and other scam institutions modeled after Trump “University” continue to menace the higher education scene, using deceptive advertising and high pressure tactics to lure new students but in many cases leaving attendees deep in student loan debt with worthless degrees. While some states and, prior to the election of Donald Trump, the federal government, have been cracking down on abuses, Gov. Scott Walker has a different idea – eliminate the state Educational Approval Board (EAB) that has been in charge of overseeing institutions like these and protecting consumers since 1944.
Today Gov. Scott Walker introduced his 2017-19 budget plan. And despite spending billions of dollars over hundreds of pages of proposals, nearly one million state student loan borrowers with over $19 billion in debt are again left with no help
Gov. Scott Walker is reported to be taking flight in a state airplane on a media tour following his 2017 state of the state address. Among the topics he is expected to discuss is his recycled advice to Wisconsin borrowers to “call a bank” to help them deal with the student loan debt crisis. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that there are nearly one million student loan borrowers in Wisconsin with $19 billion in federal student loan debt alone, and 43 million borrowers with over $1.4 trillion in debt nationally, yet the financial industry has failed to help solve the problem.
Gov. Scott Walker Offers Recycled Advice Instead of Solutions For Wisconsin’s Growing Student Loan Debt Crisis in State of the State SpeechPress Release ·
Gov. Scott Walker delivered his 2017 state of the state speech today and among the topics he touched on was student loan debt. But instead of previewing a new policy solution to the crisis, Walker repeated stale talking points and essentially told borrowers to “call a bank.”
On Gov. Scott Walker’s watch, Wisconsin has risen to third highest in the nation for the percentage of graduates with student loan debt. According to statistics from the federal government, there are nearly one million Wisconsin borrowers with over $19 billion in federal student loan debt alone.
ITT Tech Shuts Its Doors; Walker, Schimel & Johnson Provide ‘Aid and Comfort’ to Predatory For-Profit CollegesPress Release ·
ITT Tech, a for-profit college, announced on Wednesday that they were closing immediately, leaving hundreds of Wisconsin students in limbo. The chain of schools had been under scrutiny by both federal and state government officials from some time, including a prohibition on enrolling new Wisconsin students issued by the Wisconsin Educational Approval Board, investigations of their business practices and sanctions including a ban on federal aid.
With the for-profit “college” ITT Tech under increasing scrutiny and with state and federal regulators handing down penalties for shady business practices, the question remains: Why did Gov. Scott Walker conduct a photo-op at the Greenfield ITT Tech site? ITT has been barred by federal regulators from accepting new students using federal financial aid and by Wisconsin regulators from accepting new state students. Adding to the cloud of scandal, ITT is also under investigation by multiple attorneys general, as well as the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for deceptive and abusive practices against students.
Gov. Scott Walker’s election-year grandstanding on the student loan debt crisis after cutting $1 billion from universities and technical colleges and his opposition to the Higher Ed, Lower Debt student loan refinancing plan “insults the intelligence of every student loan borrower in the state of Wisconsin.”
Republican National Convention Student Loan Debt Tally: 43 Million Americans With $1.3 Trillion in Student Loan Debt, 0 Mentions in Addresses of Rep. Paul Ryan, Rep. Sean Duffy and Sen. Ron JohnsonPress Release ·
In America today there are over 43 million people with student loan debts exceeding $1.3 trillion. Yet the speeches of three Wisconsin officials – Reps. Paul Ryan and Sean Duffy and Sen. Ron Johnson – contained zero references to the crisis of student debt. Next up is Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who likes to talk about freezing tuition while his son is in college, but has overseen the rise of the state to third highest in the nation for percentage of graduates with student loan debt.
Would Trump University Have Gotten Less Scrutiny in Wisconsin Under Law Change Proposed by Gov. Walker After Taking $10,000 Trump Contribution?Press Release ·
Trump University, the for-profit “college” owned by Republican Presidential nominee Donald Trump, has been under scrutiny by the courts and the press for business practices that left students deep in debt with little to show for their time and money. But according to a media report in the Capital Times, in Wisconsin the shady outfit could have received less scrutiny under a provision Gov. Scott Walker included in his state budget after receiving a then maximum allowed by law campaign contribution of $10,000. Trump had also previously given to the Wisconsin Club for Growth, an organization investigated by state prosecutors for allegations of illegally coordinating with Walker’s campaigns.
Gov. Scott Walker Refuses to Help One Million Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers With Their Student Loan Debt, Wants Help Paying Off His From Disastrous Presidential BidPress Release ·
Gov. Scott Walker has spent three years blocking legislation that could help Wisconsin student loan borrowers with their debt by allowing them to refinance, just like you can with a mortgage. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross blasted Walker for now asking for campaign donations to pay off the massive debt from his failed 71 day campaign for President because his sons are in college.
As Tax Filing Deadline Looms, Gov. Walker and GOP Legislature Miss Another Chance to Help Wisconsin Student Loan BorrowersPress Release ·
Today marks the deadline for filing state and local taxes for 2015, and because the inaction of Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican controlled legislature, Wisconsin taxpayers with student loan debt are paying higher taxes and higher monthly loan payments. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act officially died, buried in legislative committee by Republicans and opposed by Gov. Walker, with the April 7 expiration of the 2015-16 legislative session.
Under Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature, Wisconsin has risen to third highest in the nation for percentage of college graduates with student loan debt. A newly-released report earns Wisconsin another dubious ranking — one of only nine states of the forty eight that have adopted their budget cutting funding for higher education between fiscal years 2015 and 2016. The national average for increases in support for higher education is 4.1 percent, meanwhile Wisconsin has the second largest percentage cut in the country at 8.1 percent, exceeded only by Arizona.
‘Politics First’ Gov. Walker Hand-Picks Who He’ll Listen To and Who He Tells About His Plan on Student Debt That Fails to Help BorrowersPress Release ·
Gov. Scott Walker is on a much ballyhooed listening tour, but according to media reports he’s only hearing from invited guests. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said it’s no surprise Walker’s tour is invite only since his agenda features a student debt plan that denies any help to reducing the monthly payments of the nearly one million Wisconsinites with student debt.
In the lead up to his 2016 State of the State speech Gov. Scott Walker has been touting a college debt and affordability initiative. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director summed up the state of Walker’s agenda on the issue, that denies any help lowering monthly payments for borrowers and fails to deliver any relief to at least 97 percent of individuals with student loan debt as, “woefully incomplete.”
Minnesota Gets Student Loan Re-Fi Program While Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Blames Connecticut for His InactionPress Release ·
Student loan borrowers in neighboring Minnesota got good news this week with the kick off of a state-based loan refinancing program that could save participants hundreds of dollars every month. Meanwhile in Wisconsin, the state with the third highest percentage of 2014 graduates with student loan debt in the nation, borrowers got a new excuse from Gov. Scott Walker for his continued opposition to common-sense refinancing legislation, Connecticut.
Gov. Scott Walker Refuses to Help Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers Refinance Their Loans to Lower Monthly Payments, Blames ConnecticutPress Release ·
Gov. Scott Walker continues to oppose a common sense plan that could help hundreds of thousands of Wisconsin student loan borrowers by allowing them to refinance at a lower interest rate. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that Walker, whose term in office coincides with Wisconsin’s ranking for percentage of college graduates with debt rising from tenth to third nationally, has come up with his most ridiculous excuse to date for his intransigence on the refinancing issue, blaming Connecticut.
Gov. Walker and Legislative Republicans’ Student Debt Plan Denies Real Help to Wisconsin Borrowers With Student DebtPress Release ·
Under Gov. Scott Walker and a GOP legislative majority, since 2011 Wisconsin has risen to the third highest percentage of college graduates with student debt. With such an abysmal track record on student debt, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said it’s no surprise that Walker and the GOP’s latest scheme denies real help to nearly one million state student loan borrowers.
One Wisconsin Now is asking Gov. Scott Walker to put passage of the ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ student loan reform and refinancing bill at the top of his 2016 New Year’s Resolution list. The legislation, authored by Rep. Cory Mason (D-Racine) and Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) and co-sponsored by every Democratic members of the state legislature, would allow borrowers the opportunity to refinance their student loans, just like you can a mortgage or auto loan.
Gov. Scott Walker has taken to social media to share his thoughts on how to address the student loan debt crisis. Unfortunately for residents of the state with the 3rd highest percentage of college graduates with debt in the nation, Walker continues to reject the common sense reforms of the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act to help borrowers to refinance student loans at lower interest rates.
Wisconsin Students to Miss Out on Their Share of $102 Million Settlement With For-Profit College Chain Over Shady Business PracticesPress Release ·
Madison - Gov. Scott Walker has rushed to join politically motivated lawsuits to try to advance his own ambitions -- directing the Attorney General to sue to try to undo the Affordable Care Act, halt regulations to protect our clean air and undermine federal immigration policy. But when it comes to helping students ripped off by a for-profit college chain, Walker was nowhere to be found and now Wisconsin students will miss out on their share of the over $102 million settlement.
Student loan debt and the need for reform of a broken system will be front and center in Wisconsin as Hillary Clinton visits the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee, where over 70 percent of recent graduates left with an average student loan debt exceeding $33,000. Despite a national $1.3 trillion student debt crisis and research showing it’s devastating economic impact, Gov. Scott Walker has steadfastly refused to support reforms.
WALKER RHETORIC: “Give people the education and skills they need to succeed.”
Gov. Walker’s Refusal to Embrace Proposal to Allow Refinancing of Student Loans Goes From Mystifying to AppallingPress Release ·
Recent financial disclosures from Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker reveal that, like 43 million other Americans, his children have taken on student loan debt to pay for their higher education. The Walker family’s tab is in excess of $100,000 at an interest rate of 7.21%. Unlike most Americans, Walker has refused to support a common sense proposal to allow student loan borrowers to refinance, just like you can with a mortgage.
Audio provided to One Wisconsin Now by the group Young Invincibles reveals Gov. Scott Walker claimed to questioner “we need to look at people who already have high levels of student loan debt,” despite his abysmal record in Wisconsin for the more than 800,000 student loan borrowers. Walker made the remarks after a presidential campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa this weekend.
The Agenda Project Action Fund, One Wisconsin Now and Wisconsin Jobs Now have launched “HOLD YOUR BREATH,” a graphic ad depicting an individual drowning to symbolize the plight of Americans burdened by student debt.
Saturday marks three years since the student loan debt Americans are taking on to pay for their education and job training crossed the one trillion dollar mark. But according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, U.S. Sen. Ron Johnson and the Republican-led state legislature continue to ignore the plight of nearly one million state borrowers.
Gov. Walker’s Budget Plan for Fewer Protections for Students From Predatory For-Profit College Industry Up for Joint Finance ConsiderationPress Release ·
Wisconsin students would have fewer protections from the predatory for-profit college industry, subject to increasing scrutiny at the national level and in other states, under a provision in Gov. Scott Walker’s budget to be considered by the Joint Committee on Finance on Friday. Under Walker’s scheme, the Educational Approval Board (EAB) would be eliminated, several state regulatory provisions would be repealed outright and other oversight functions would be split among other state agencies.
No Joke: Gov. Walker’s 2015 Budget Plan for Higher Education So Bad University of Wisconsin Forced to Raise Tuition Before it PassesPress Release ·
Budget cuts proposed by Gov. Scott Walker in his 2015 state budget, on top of the record cuts to public education in Wisconsin he and the Republican controlled legislature already enacted, today resulted in approval of large tuition hikes on students at today’s meeting of the University of Wisconsin (UW) System Board of Regents.
Gov. Walker’s 2015 Budget Scheme Already Resulting in Tuition Hikes, Could Limit Wisconsin Students Access to University of Wisconsin School of Their ChoicePress Release ·
The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents Finance Committee today approved large tuition increases for out-of-state students attending UW schools and for students seeking advanced degrees. The need for the hikes has been attributed to the budget policies of Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican controlled legislature.
If you only saw Governor Scott Walker’s tweets and social media posts and friendly wagers with rival state governors surrounding the success of the University of Wisconsin – Madison men’s basketball team, you’d think he was the state’s best friend to the state university system. But one look at his track record of massive cuts in state funding for the UW, including a $300 million cut in his latest proposed budget, double digit tuition increases and cuts to financial aid paints a very different picture.
Gov. Walker Explanations of ‘Drafting Error’ Laughable, Impact of Proposed Budget Cuts to University System and Unlimited Tuition Increases No JokePress Release ·
The story of how Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed budget came to include a provision gutting the “Wisconsin Idea” by removing language from the University of Wisconsin System mission on the search for truth and a commitment to expanding learning beyond the boundaries of the college campuses continues to change the day after it was revealed.
Among the most egregious provisions of the budget plan for the 2015-17 biennium announced by Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker this evening are record cuts to the University of Wisconsin System coupled with a proposal to allow for unlimited tuition hikes after 2016.
Reduced public investment in higher education, stagnant financial aid for eligible students and skyrocketing tuition. That’s why Wisconsin has the fourth highest percentage of college graduates with student loan debt in the nation and how over 40 million Americans have found themselves with over $1.2 trillion in student loan debt. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s recently-unveiled higher education budget plans will only exacerbate the burgeoning student loan debt crisis, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross.
`State lawmakers responded mostly along party lines to Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut funding to the University of Wisconsin System by 13 percent over the next two years. The Associated Press reported Tuesday that Walker will propose turning the 13 four-year campuses and 13 two-year colleges of the UW System into a public authority, giving the university more flexibility over a wide array of matters that are now mandated by state law.The UW System had requested $95 million from the 2015-17 budget, a request based largely on the financial impact of a second proposed tuition freeze. The governor will still move forward with the freeze, but the $300 million cut comes with more flexibility and autonomy for the university. [...] UW-Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank told the Wisconsin State Journal that she expects layoffs "at every school and college." "To get through the demanding times ahead, we know that we will be called on to make challenging and difficult decisions. It won’t be easy. Taking a longer view, our new relationship with the state will allow us to leverage the System’s great resources, talent, and ideas to even better serve the people and economy of Wisconsin," said UW System president Ray Cross in a statement.
Gov. Walker Proposes Big Cuts to University of Wisconsin System, Big Tuition Hikes for Wisconsin Students and Big Payday for Milwaukee BucksPress Release ·
Gov. Scott Walker today announced he is calling for $300 million in budget cuts to the University of Wisconsin System and allowing unlimited tuition hikes beginning in 2017. The Governor also revealed he will be proposing a taxpayer subsidy of $220 million for a new arena for the Milwaukee Bucks professional basketball team.
One Wisconsin Now Praises President Obama’s Call for Free Community College in State of the Union AddressPress Release ·
The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding President Barack Obama's State of the Union address:
One Wisconsin Now Enthusiastically Supports President Obama’s Proposal for Free Community College TuitionPress Release ·
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements on President Obama’s new plan to provide free technical college tuition to hardworking students.
The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross on Gov. Scott Walker's inaugural address:
As Percentage of Wisconsin Graduates With Student Loan Debt Rises, GOP Leaves Borrowers Out in the ColdPress Release ·
In announcing an agenda that includes an even more expansive, unaccountable public-funded private school voucher program and targets poor people for drug tests, Gov. Scott Walker and legislative Republicans have left the nearly one million Wisconsin student loan borrowers out in the cold. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that brand new national research shows that Wisconsin, with 70 percent of 2013 graduates having student loan debt, now ranks fourth highest in the nation for percentage of graduates with debt.
In his election night speech after narrowly being re-elected Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker mentioned “Washington” as much as “Wisconsin”. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted Walker's eleven-minute speech in which he mentioned Wisconsin ten times, Washington nine times and America twelve times was a stunning display that Wisconsin's Governor has already moved on to his next electoral objective.
One Wisconsin Now is using Halloween to debut a new graphic depiction of the horrors of Gov. Scott Walker’s opposition to common sense student loan reforms for hundreds of thousands of Wisconsinites. At TheWalkerDead.com, viewers can see numerous nightmare scenarios befalling the student loan borrowers struggling against Scott Walker’s indifference to their economic futures.
U.S. Army Veteran and University of Wisconsin-Waukesha student Saul Newton will counter Gov. Scott Walker's bus tour today with his own “Wisconsin Minimum Wage, Maximum Student Debt Tour.” In contrast to Walker's lavish campaign bus and hefty $650,000 contribution from out-of-state billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, Newton will meet the Walker bus in a 2011 Jeep Liberty he borrowed from his girlfriend.
In a deceptive new ad, the flailing campaign of Gov. Scott Walker is trying to whitewash his disastrous record on student loan debt and higher education. Speaking directly to camera, Walker ignores the fact students are paying $200 million in higher tuition as result of hikes he signed into law. Also unmentioned by Walker is that he’s stood in the way of a first in the nation state plan plan that would allow many of Wisconsin’s more than 800,000 student loan borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can a mortgage.
Students, borrowers and their families are increasingly being squeezed by a system in which dramatic cuts to the university and technical colleges, skyrocketing tuition and profiteering by big banks and the federal government has resulted in nearly 40 million borrowers holding over $1.2 trillion nationally.
A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) points to the need for significant reform to the student loan system, including allowing refinancing, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. The CFPB report analyzed complaints from borrowers they received between October 1, 2013 and September 30, 2014 regarding their private student loans and found the plurality of complaints involved a dearth of repayment options.
During an editorial board visit with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, today, Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke reiterated her call for student loan reform, specifically, allowing Wisconsin’s 800,000-plus student loan borrowers the chance to refinance their loans, just like you can a mortgage.
Many of the state’s more than 800,000 student loan borrowers will be watching tonight’s gubernatorial debate to see how Gov. Scott Walker and former Trek executive Mary Burke address the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross.
Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke told the Associated Press her “first priority” as governor would be passing the Higher Ed, Lower Debt bill to lower student debt. Burke’s plan would allow many of Wisconsin’s 800,000-plus student loan borrowers to refinance their loans at lower market rates, like one can with a mortgage, as well as a substantial middle class tax break for payments on student loans.
Gov. Walker Refuses to Help Student Loan Borrowers As His WEDC Lets Businesses That Owe Millions to State Off the HookPress Release ·
Gov. Scott Walker has steadfastly refused to support a common sense state plan to allow students loan refinancing, just like you can a mortgage, helping many of Wisconsin's 800,000 student loan borrowers. Meanwhile, a recent audit of Gov. Walker’s Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) revealed the agency declared as uncollectible millions of dollars in taxpayer funded loans to businesses that were delinquent.
Pricetag of Student Loan Debt Continues to Rise: Recent Study Shows Housing Industry Loses $83 Billion in Sales AnnuallyPress Release ·
A recent study from a home building industry consulting firm estimates student loan debt is costing the U.S. housing market $83 billion annually in lost home sales. One Wisconsin Institute Executive Director Scot Ross noted that the most recent data tracks with an earlier study from his organization that found student loan borrowers and their families were significantly more likely to rent versus own their home.
Armed Services Veteran, UW Student Tells Gov. Walker Voter ID Law Will Not Keep Students From Polls in NovemberPress Release ·
The following are the statements of U.S. Army veteran and UW-Waukesha student Saul Newton delivered at a community event on the recent 7th Circuit Court decision lifting an injunction on the enforcement of a photo ID requirement for voting in Wisconsin:
While 150,000 Seniors See Social Security Garnished by Student Loan Debt, Walker Refuses Common Sense ReformsPress Release ·
Dramatic new statistics finding 155,000 Americans over the age of 65 had their social security benefits garnished in 2013 to pay back student loan debt shows the $1.2 trillion and counting student loan debt crisis isn’t just a burden on students and younger people. Yet in Wisconsin, Gov. Walker continues to refuse to support common sense reforms to help borrowers like allowing them to refinance their student loans.
Nearly one million Wisconsinites have student loan debt, part of the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis that ensnares 40 million Americans. But according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, a recent college campus tour undertaken by the increasingly desperate campaign of Gov. Scott Walker earns failing grades for failing to take on the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis.
As students across Wisconsin head back to school, it’s Gov. Scott Walker who needs to be educated about the impact of his wrong-headed education policies, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. Under Walker and his education policies, Wisconsin has had lagging job growth and rates of wage increases that trail neighboring states, earning him a failing grade.
Workplace and Health Care Gender Inequality, Not Jobs, Making a ‘Wisconsin Comeback’ With the Regressive Policies of Gov. WalkerPress Release ·
Gov. Scott Walker, who plunged the state to last in the Midwest in jobs on his watch, is touting a “Wisconsin comeback” in his stump speeches and TV ads. As Wisconsin celebrates Women’s Equality Day and the 94th anniversary of passage of the 19th amendment grating women the right to vote, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted the unwelcome “comeback” under Walker of regressive policies that hurt women and their families.
The national ‘PBS NewsHour’ program, as part of its weeklong series “Rethinking College” will feature One Wisconsin Now’s work on the student loan debt crisis in a segment airing Tuesday evening. The piece, entitled “Wisconsin group wants to turn student loan borrowers into activists,” also features U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, U.S. Army Veteran and current UW-Waukesha student Saul Newton and recent UW-Madison graduate Ann DeGarmo.
Common sense would tell you that when crucial educational programs are cut, people are going to make a lot of noise. But under the noise, Gov. Scott Walker was able to swiftly yet quietly eliminate a program that this state’s students are in dire need of — the Wisconsin Covenant Scholars program.
Gov. Scott Walker, who has opposed efforts to allow Wisconsin’s more than 900,000 student loan borrowers the chance to refinance their loans at a lower rate, is instead conducting a photo opportunity today at a predatory for-profit college chain under investigation by multiple attorneys general, as well as the federal Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) for deceptive and abusive practices against students.
A GOP-controlled committee examining changes to the governance and funding sources of the Wisconsin Technical College System appears poised to ignore the critical issue of affordability for students. A scope statement for the Legislative Council Study Committee on the Review of Technical College Funding indicates they will consider changes to governance and the funding mix between local and state revenue – but makes no mention of tuition for students and workers receiving training
Latest Poll in Governor’s Race Gives Clues to Walker, GOP Push to Make it Harder for Students and Young People to VotePress Release ·
The most recent Marquette University Law School poll finds Gov. Scott Walker in a dead heat with all voters and badly trailing his opponent Mary Burke by a 48 to 35 percent margin among younger voters between the ages of 18 and 29. According to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, Walker’s dramatic age gap provides an explanation for why younger voters were targeted in the state with a voter ID law and other onerous new restrictions making it more complicated and difficult for them to vote.
The latest Marquette University Law poll shows former Trek Executive Mary Burke with a commanding lead of 48-35 among voters aged 18-29. Burke is the first gubernatorial candidate in the United States to call for refinancing of student loan debt, like you can a mortgage, while Gov. Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature let a bill die that would have provided relief for many of the state’s nearly 1 million student loan borrowers.
As Gov. Scott Walker and Lt. Gov. Rebecca Kleefisch continue a statewide election-year tour of Wisconsin's technical colleges, neither has explained why they have increased student loan debt hundreds of millions of dollars, gutted tech college funding by $70 million and opposed common sense reforms that would allow many of the state's nearly 1 million student loan borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can a mortgage.
Youth Activists Call For Restoration Of In-State Tuition For Undocumented Immigrants. Previous Walker Budget Ended Lower Tuitions For Undocumented StudentsWisconsin Public Radio ·
Valeria Gonzalez, who is part of the student-led organization Youth Empowered in the Struggle, said Gov. Scott Walker was wrong to repeal in-state tuition for undocumented immigrants in the 2011- 2013 state budget. Because of the repeal, undocumented students attending a University of Wisconsin school or technical college in Wisconsin must pay out-of-state tuition. “We believe that Governor Scott Walker still has the opportunity to change what he has done,” said Gonzalez. “If he wants Latinos to vote for him, he needs to bring back in-state tuition.” Republicans argue that taxpayer-funded benefits should not be given to people who have come to this country illegally.
New data released today by the White House, based on 2014 Department of Education statistics, reveal Wisconsin’s share of the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis. According to the data there are 812,000 state residents with over $18.2 billion in outstanding federal student loan debt.
Seceding from the Union or Providing Relief from Student Loan Debt Crisis: Which is Better for the Wisconsin Economy?Press Release ·
At their state party convention this year, Wisconsin Republicans engaged in a well-publicized debate over a party platform resolution authorizing the state to secede from the union. Democrats meanwhile are set to take on serious economic issues, like what to do about the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis that ensnares 40 million Americans, including an estimated nearly 1 million Wisconsinites, at their party convention this weekend.
With his poll numbers sagging among younger voters and news that the Class of 2014 is burdened with the most student loan debt in history, Gov. Scott Walker has deployed his right-wing media stenographer, radio talk show host Charlie Sykes, to offer a defense of his record on the student loan debt issue. Unfortunately, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, Walker’s actions, including tuition hikes and cuts to student aid, have done more harm than good.
Burke put state Democrats' popular measure to refinance student debt in her jobs plan, pointing out the toll college loan debt takes on Wisconsin's economy and on its struggling middle class. This issue resonates strongly with Wisconsin's 800,000 student debtors, who rank debt relief among their top political concerns. And they receive a monthly reminder of the issue, Scot Ross, director of the advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, points out. Student debtors could become “the most powerful voting bloc in the state,” Ross predicts. Whether or not they decide to vote may determine the outcome of this very close governor's race.
With Gov. Scott Walker using “Tax Day” to announce his re-election campaign, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross railed against Walker for “his stunning lack of leadership” related to the stalled Higher Ed, Lower Debt student loan relief bill, which provides more than $80 million in annual tax relief for the state's student loan borrowers, according to the non-partisan Wisconsin Legislative Fiscal Bureau.
Wisconsin Republicans Add Hypocrisy to Early Vote Plan, Target Minorities, Seniors, Students and Persons With Disabilities With New RestrictionsPress Release ·
A June 2012 news report in the Wall Street Journal featured a look at the efforts of Gov. Walker and other right wing groups to target Republicans to vote early in the 2012 recall elections, and speculated it could serve as a model for other states. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that Republicans have added a heaping dose of hypocrisy to their updated voter turnout plan by seeking to suppress the votes of seniors, minorities and working families with new restrictions on early, in-person voting.
Missing from the reported details of the latest tax scheme to be unveiled by Gov. Scott Walker in this evening's “State of the State” address is any help for Wisconsin borrowers caught in the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis. According to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act could offer significant relief, over $500 per year according to the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau, for the nearly 800,000 Wisconsinites currently paying off federal student loans.
As Gov. Scott Walker ponders his vetoes to the 2013 state budget, a $30 million tax break with no income limits, worth up to $10,000, for parents already sending their children to private schools should be on the list, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross. With a one trillion dollar student loan debt crisis hurting Wisconsin families and dragging down the economy, increasing state financial aid for those who are eligible or tax credits for tuition and interest on student loans would instead be a better deal for Wisconsin students and middle class families.
In his twenty years in office, Scott Walker has amassed a truly astounding record of failure. To commemorate the looming anniversary of his first election to office, One Wisconsin Now is highlighting a different and depressing failure of Gov. Walker every day, for twenty days. Under Gov. Walker no area has more directly felt the impact of his formula for failure than public education, and the 2013 budget, set to be debated by the Senate and Assembly this week, continues the trend.
Walker, GOP Higher Education Agenda Fails to Include Tackling Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt CrisisPress Release ·
Original research by the One Wisconsin Institute found that the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis is not just hurting students and their families, but is a significant drag on the entire state economy. The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding Gov. Walker and the Republican's latest budget action on tuition and the University of Wisconsin System:
Gov. Walker Appears at Ceremony Nominating Wisconsin School for College Readiness Award, Fails to Act to Help Students Avoid Becoming Trapped in Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt CrisisPress Release ·
Gov. Scott Walker appeared this morning at an event to nominate a Wisconsin public high school to represent the state in a national competition recognizing efforts to prepare students for college and careers. But, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, the Walker administration has failed to help students avoid becoming trapped in the vicious cycle that has created over one trillion dollars in student loan debt.
The just-filed lawsuit by the Wisconsin Institute for Law and Liberty (WILL) over a contract signed by the Milwaukee Area Technical College comes thanks to Gov. Scott Walker's campaign co-chair Michael Grebe, the CEO of the Bradley Foundation, which has contributed $500,000 to WILL. The lawsuit seeks to undo a contract that will save taxpayers $14 million in its first year and nearly $150 million in the future.
“Taxpayers can personally thank Gov. Walker’s campaign co-chair for this lawsuit, that if successful, will cost them $150 million,” said Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now’s executive director, referring to the cost savings MATC said it achieved through bargaining with the union.
The latest round of right-wing University of Wisconsin System bashing, this time over an annual report indicating the system has surpluses in several accounts, could be more bad news for students, their families and Wisconsin's economy according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross.
Research Shows Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis Hurts Economy, Falls More Heavily on Women GradsPress Release ·
April 9th 2013 marks “Equal Pay Day”, the date on which the earnings of women in the workforce will catch up to those of their male counterparts for 2012. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that research showing a dramatic gender gap in wages among recent college graduates means the burden of the trillion dollar student loan debt crisis is especially acute among recent female college grads.
Federal Reserve Bank of New York Confirms One Wisconsin Institute Findings on Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt CrisisPress Release ·
A new report released by the Federal Reserve Bank of New York paints a grim picture of the growing trillion dollar student loan debt crisis and confirms the findings of a One Wisconsin Institute study that found student loan debt has a severe, negative impact on Wisconsin's economy, especially new car purchases and rates of home ownership.
Gov. Walker’s Nearly $68 Billion Budget Allocates $0.0 For Direct Relief From Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt CrisisPress Release ·
In his nearly $68 billion state budget proposal, Gov. Walker larders special interests with sweetheart deals and doles out millions in tax breaks for the wealthiest Wisconsinites. But, according to One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross, not one cent is spent to provide direct relief to students or their families being crushed by the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis.
- Flatlined funding in student financial aid, even though tens of thousands of eligible students have been denied aid due to lack of funding
- Cut the UW System’s budget by $66 million for the biennium while freezing system’s ability to raise revenue from tuition.
Citing swelling numbers of Wisconsin college students who are eligible for state aid, but denied because of limited state funding, the University of Wisconsin System, the state association for independent colleges, the state technical college system and the College of Menominee Nation jointly endorsed a commission finding Tuesday calling for increased college aid in the next state budget. “Unfortunately, these recommendations aren’t going help when Gov. Walker and the Republican Legislature continue to cut hundreds of millions from University of Wisconsin and raise tuition by over $100 million - adding evermore to the trillion-dollar student loan debt,” said Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, a liberal-issue advocacy organization based in Wisconsin.
One Wisconsin Now Statements Regarding Gov. Scott Walker’s Address to the Republican National ConventionPress Release ·
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross made the following statements regarding Gov. Scott Walker’s address to the Republican National Convention tonight:
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the 100th birthday of the late corporate propagandist Milton Friedman. Many of the failures of Gov. Scott Walker can be traced to the policies espoused by Friedman, most notably massive tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, while attacking public investments and public employees.
Governor Scott Walker failed to tackle Wisconsin’s jobs crisis - posting six straight months of job losses here while nationally jobs are being added - and is now poised to take on “the truth” in his second State of the State address.
Reilly sent a letter to the DOA on Dec. 14 outlining how the UW System plans to deal with a budget lapse - or additional reduction in state aid - of at least $65.7 million or more than 37 percent of a 174.3 million cut across all state agencies that was imposed in the 2011-13 biennium by Secretary Mike Huebsch in mid-October. In the memo addressed to state budget director Brian Hayes, Reilly proposes a "compromise" lapse amount and warns that the disproportionate hit delegated to the UW System will reduce funding for faculty and instructor positions, which means fewer class sections, decrease in academic advising and larger class sizes, "creating a bottleneck in the education pipeline."
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding the latest failure from Gov. Scott Walker and the Republican-controlled legislature: a total job loss of 9,700 in October. The news comes after Walker has held two separate so-called “special sessions” on jobs and signed into law $2.3 billion in new tax breaks for corporations and the wealthy, while gutting public and higher education and health care, as well as stripping 175,000 workers of their rights.
Walker Allowed University of Wisconsin to raise tuition by 5.5% annually; Cut $250 million from System2011 WI Act 32 ·
With University of Wisconsin Badgers’ football returning to Camp Randall Saturday after a several week road trip, One Wisconsin Now supporters will also be returning to the skies above with a message about the failure of Gov. Scott Walker and its impact on students. This week’s banner that will fly overhead for the two hours preceding kickoff: “Walker = Higher Tuition <3 One WI Now.”
UW-Stout and UW Eau Claire Chancellors contend the state's latest round of budget cuts would unfairly burden Wisconsin's four-year universities...The UW System comprises only 7 percent of the state budget and will get 38 percent of the cut for at least 174.3 million included in the 2011-2013 state budget. They will also include $65.6 million in cutbacks to UW System schools on top of previous state aid reductions also in the budget.
One Wisconsin Now Supporters to ‘Take to the Air’ with Message to Gov. Walker at Badgers’ Football GamePress Release ·
Fans on hand to cheer the University of Wisconsin Badgers’ football game Saturday will see a message about Gov. Scott Walker’s attacks on higher education courtesy of One Wisconsin Now’s supporters from across the state. For the second home game in a row, One Wisconsin Now will fly a plane in the hours prior to the game — this game’s message: “Enjoy Higher Tuition <3 Scott Walker.”
Students who attend the 26 campuses of the University of Wisconsin System and the state’s 13 liberal arts campuses will pay hundreds more in tuition this fall - ranging from $235 more a year at UW Colleges to $659 more a year at UW-Madison after the UW Board of Regents approved a 5.5 percent tuition increase for the 180,000 in-state students at a meeting Thursday.
Walker broke campaign pledge and raised state fees to fill budget hole, including $107 million in tuition hikes on UW studentsLegislative Fiscal Bureau ·
- Eliminate registration exemption for certain investment advisors
- Certification fee for persons making title loans
- Nonprofit organization criminal history record check fee
- Beer wholesaler’s permit fee
- Vehicle title fee
- Class D skills test fee
- Electronic business transactions
- Firefighter and emergency medical technician license plates
- Tuition increase (University of Wisconsin System)
- Student technology fee revenues (Wisconsin Technical College System)
Changes to the undocumented student status occurred as part of Walker’s 2011-13 Wisconsin state budgetAssociated Press ·
The Republican-crafted spending plan reshapes all corners of Wisconsin life, from how much Medicaid will cost to auto title loans to honoring former President Ronald Reagan to even drinking alcohol at the movies. Here’s a look at some of the ways the budget will reshape the state’s priorities and touch lives across Wisconsin:...If you’re a child of an illegal immigrant, going to college in Wisconsin is about to get much more expensive. The budget ends in-state tuition rates for children of illegal immigrants and forces them to pay out-of-state rates. Those changes will apply to anyone who enrolls for classes after Friday.
Headline: Wis. Gov. signs budget cutting education $1.85B. “Democrats assailed the budget as an attack on middle class values since it cuts funding for public schools by $800 million, reduces funding to the UW system by $250 million and cuts tax credits for poor people. It also reduces the amount schools can collect from property taxes and other revenue combined, which translates into another education cut of about $800 million. While schools are seeing deep cuts, Walker's budget extends tax breaks to manufacturers, multistate corporations and investors.”
One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross released the following statements regarding Gov. Scott Walker’s planned signing of the 2011-13 Wisconsin state budget on Sunday. Walker’s budget includes tax breaks for corporations and the rich that will cost the state of Wisconsin taxpayers $2.3 billion over the next decade. At the same time, they are raising taxes on the working poor by $70 million, dismantling public education by $1.6 billion and slashing the University of Wisconsin by $250 million.
In March, UW-Eau Claire expected a $5.1 million cut based on Walker's budget proposal, but that went up to $6.3 million with the version approved this week by the state Legislature. UW-Stout’s university's spokesman, Doug Mell, said the $3.85 million cut estimated for UW-Stout based on earlier budgets would go above $4 million under the Legislature-approved one...The Legislature also is allowing a tuition increase of up to 5.5 percent, which will soften the blow of cuts to institutions, but not offset the entire amount. At UW-Eau Claire, Rindo said an additional 5.5 percent in tuition revenue would bring $3.4 million to the university, a little more than half the cut in state support. The state contributed 64 percent of funding for instructional expenses in the 2000-01 school year, he said. The newest budget funds 44 percent of the university's instructional costs, with tuition picking up the rest. "We're now, for instruction, more tuition-based than state-based," Rindo said.
Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to break off the Madison campus from the rest of the University of Wisconsin System is dead. UW-Madison lobbyist Don Nelson said Friday talks continue with state lawmakers over what new flexibilities the Madison campus can be given to control its budget and make other decisions. But he said Walker’s proposal that the campus endorsed to create a separate public authority is no longer an option.
On the chopping block in Walker’s two-year budget proposal are early release programs for prisoners, in-state college tuition for the children of illegal immigrants, mandatory insurance coverage of contraceptives, college financial aid for high school grads who are good citizens and public financing for Supreme Court campaigns...Walker’s budget plan also would ax a Democratic initiative approved under Doyle that grants in-state college tuition rates to children of illegal immigrants, so long as the students have graduated from a Wisconsin high school and lived in the state for at least three years.
State funding for Wisconsin's 16 technical colleges would drop to a dollar level not seen since the late 1980s, despite enrollment growth of 40% over the last decade, if cuts in Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget ultimately gain approval, college officials said last week. That could lead to longer waiting lists for classes, more limited access to courses and programs, and ultimately, challenges for Wisconsin manufacturers, health care providers and other employers looking for skilled workers as the state's economy struggles to recover, officials said…Collectively, the technical colleges enroll more than 400,000 students. The technical colleges are widely considered among the state's primary engines driving economic development, as Wisconsin has a greater proportion of middle-level jobs than the rest of the nation - jobs predicted to see a higher-than-average rate of growth in the next decade. (Note: cuts were signed into law, 2011 Act 32)
Among the many provisions in his proposed state budget, Gov. Scott Walker wants to repeal a law that allows some undocumented students to pay in-state tuition at public universities. After years of battling to get that measure passed, Gov. Jim Doyle signed it into law in 2009. Before that students who were undocumented were charged out of state tuition, even if they had attended Wisconsin high schools and made good grades…Christine Neumann-Ortiz, the executive director of Voces de la Frontera, an advocacy group that worked for years to get the bill passed, was quick to react. "We fought for the historic inclusion of immigrant youth in higher education, and we will fight to defend their civil rights and dreams," she said in a press release issued Wednesday. She called the measure part of Walker's "cynical attempt to scapegoat workers and students for the economic troubles caused by many of his own corporate backers."
Republican Gov. Scott Walker would appoint a majority of a board that would run the University of Wisconsin-Madison independently of UW System governance under a plan spelled out in a document released Wednesday by UW-Madison officials. Because Walker would make those appointments, splitting UW-Madison from the UW System would give the new governor influence over the state's flagship campus more quickly than would happen if UW-Madison remained a part of the state's 26-campus system. Walker's Democratic predecessor, Gov. Jim Doyle, made all but one of the appointments to the 18-member UW System Board of Regents during his eight years in office.
“Now more than ever Wisconsin needs a leader who is going to put Wisconsin families at the top of the list, for a place in the UW system basing appointments on merits and keep in state tuition affordable not allocating slots based on quotes or giving in state tuition to those who are here illegally. And let me be clear I would sign Arizona legislation on illegal immigration.” (2010 Republican Convention Speech)
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