the Accountability Blog

An Archive of Press Releases, Earned Media, Reports, Columns, Testimony, and Posts from One Wisconsin Now & One Wisconsin Institute

  • New Report Finds Debt on Federal Student Loans Alone Now Tops One Trillion Dollars

    The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau today announced that the amount of debt on federal student loans alone exceeds one trillion dollars, and the total student loan debt in the U.S. has surpassed $1.2 trillion.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/16/2013
  • 139 ALEC Bills in 2013 Promote a Private, For-Profit Education Model

    The Milwaukee-based Bradley Foundation is one of the top school privatization funders in the country, currently spending over $31 million over the past eleven years promoting “school choice” nationwide, according to One...

    PR Watch, 07/15/2013
  • Gov. Walker’s WEDC Pays Off Big… For His Campaign Account

    A review of campaign finance records by One Wisconsin Now has found that Gov. Walker's campaign and the RGA have raked in over $614,000 in donations from individuals associated with businesses receiving tax credits through the WEDC.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/15/2013
  • Student Loan Debt Keeps Buyers Out of the Market

    The homeownership rate for those individuals who are still paying off student loans is 36 percent lower than among their peers who have no student debt, according to research from the One Wisconsin Institute

    LA Times, 07/14/2013
  • Students Watch, Wait As Congress Debates Student Loans

    Ross said that dealing with the need-based rate increase would be a start, but that “greater steps need to be taken to deal with this crisis.”

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/14/2013
  • Ward Warns of Problems Posed by Tuition Freezes

    Scot Ross with One Wisconsin Now said “the sentiment expressed by Ward shows a substantial disconnect about financing higher education and the impact of exploding debt on borrowers.”

    Wisconsin Radio Network, 07/12/2013
  • Outgoing UW Madison Chancellor Claims UW-Madison “Embarrassing Ourselves” With Tuition That’s Too Low

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross said that the sentiment expressed by Ward shows a substantial disconnect about financing higher education and the impact of exploding debt on borrowers.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/11/2013
  • Higher Education Becomes Double the Struggle

    With the crippling student loan debt crisis, many now realize all of their time and effort spent getting a higher education is not paying off.

    Cara Josephson, 07/09/2013
  • Inaction to Blame for Doubling Student Loan Rates

    Many changes are needed to help alleviate the problem, and these changes will only happen if this issue becomes prominent enough to spur change.

    Lauren Krupp, 07/09/2013
  • Senate GOP Blocks Vote on Bill to Reverse Federal Student Loan Interest Rate Hike

    Republicans in the U.S. Senate today voted en masse to deny the 60 votes necessary to move to a vote on legislation that would repeal the doubling of interest rates on federal student loans.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/09/2013
  • Will U.S. Senate Reverse Increase in Federal Student Loan Interest Rates?

    The U.S. Senate prepares to vote on a stopgap measure to repeal a doubling of interest rates on federal student loans.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 07/09/2013
  • Senate to Take Up Student Loans, Resuming Partisan Debate

    The problem of student loan debt “has been wildly under-covered,” said Scot Ross of One Wisconsin Now, whose group has been very vocal on the issue and opposes the GOP plan for letting interest rates on student loans float.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/08/2013
  • Wither Sen. Johnson?

    With the U.S. Senate moving toward acting on legislation to repeal the increase in interest rates on federal student loans, U.S. Senator Ron Johnson has fallen strangely silent.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/08/2013
  • Shadow of Student Loans Could Hurt Housing Market As Graduates Swim in Debt

    Americans paying off student loans are, depending on income, 25 to 36 percent less likely to own a home than those who are free of student debt, a One Wisconsin survey of 61,000 people found last month.

    Tampa Bay Times, 07/05/2013
  • Congress Should Reverse Rate Hike on Student Loans

    The growing share of debt for young people is hampering their ability to take out a mortgage or purchase a car, according to Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now.

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/04/2013
  • State Debate: Congress Gets Hit for Failing to Act on Student Loans

    One Wisconsin Now, which has been leading the fight against letting the interest rates rise, presents some real life stories on its site of students and recent graduates struggling with their debt.

    Capital Times, 07/02/2013
  • We Must Hate Our Children

    It’s no wonder that people who’ve paid off their student loan debt are 36 percent more likely to own homes than those who haven’t, according to new research by the One Wisconsin Now Institute and Progress Now.

    Salon, 07/01/2013
  • The 1 Chart That Shows Student Debt Is Completely Out Of Hand

    It takes the average student loan borrower a little more than 21 years to completely pay off student debt, according to a survey of 61,000 Americans completed by One Wisconsin Institute.

    Huffington Post, 07/01/2013
  • Gov. Walker’s Political Future

    “I think the reason Gov. Walker would run for president is because his political ambition knows no bounds,” Ross said. Ross accuses Walker of trying to pad his national resume by taking...

    WLUK-TV, 07/01/2013
  • Weighing the Impact of Higher Student Loan Rates

    One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross says the increase will have a dramatic effect on current students, by making it harder for many of them to afford college.

    Wisconsin Public Radio, 06/30/2013
  • Real People, Real Stories: The Consequences of the Trillion-Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis

    One Wisconsin, as part of their continuing student loan debt campaign, has posted an interactive map linking to the student loan debt stories of people across the United States at TrillionDollarDebt.com.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/30/2013
  • The Cost of Student Loan Debt, Part II

    One Wisconsin Now sat down with individuals affected by student loan debt. Their personal stories are a reminder about how this trillion dollar debt crisis has a major impact on the whole nation.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/30/2013
  • The Cost of Student Loan Debt, Part I

    One Wisconsin Now sat down with folks from Wisconsin and progressive leaders to discuss their personal experiences with the student loan debt crisis.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/29/2013
  • Student Loan Interest Rates Set to Double Unless Congress Acts

    “Student loan debt is well over $1.2 trillion. Student loan debt passes every other consumer debt in the United States with the exception of mortgage debt. And student loan debt increased for people during the great recession,” Ross says.

    Milwaukee Public Radio, 06/28/2013
  • One Wisconsin Now on WKOW-TV to Discuss Student Loan Debt Crisis

    Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, discusses student loan debt on WKOW-TV.

    WKOW-TV, 06/27/2013
  • Backlash: Student Loan Burden Prevents Borrowers From Buying Homes, Cars

    Research from ProgressNow found that the average time it takes to pay off student debt is twenty years. Students with bachelors degrees can expect to repay their loans in 19.7 years.

    Forbes, 06/26/2013
  • Walker Slashes BadgerCare

    Walker's proposal will have detrimental impacts for Wisconsin's children, pregnant women, families, and for individuals. At what cost will Walker continue to take away help from those in need?

    Cara Josephson, 06/26/2013
  • Two Trillion Dollars Here We Come

    It looks like Congressional inaction means that vice will squeeze even harder on the next year's students and their families.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/26/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Friends’ Felonious Failures

    MADISON, Wis. — 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...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/26/2013
  • Student Debt Repayment Causes Concern Among Many Borrowers

    On average, student loan borrowers take about two decades to repay their debt. Graduates of community colleges take almost as long as their counterparts from four-year schools to repay, according to a...

    Huffington Post, 06/26/2013
  • One Wis. Insititute Presents Research Findings on Student Loan Debt

    One Wisconsin Insititute presented research findings on the student loan debt crisis on Capitol City Sunday.

    WKOW-TV, 06/26/2013
  • Walker’s Choice: Millionaires or the Middle Class

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/25/2013
  • Trillion Dollar Plus Student Loan Debt Crisis: Don’t Worry, There’s Plenty to Go Around for Everyone

    The estimated $1.2 trillion in student loan debt held by over 37 million Americans amounts to a multi-decade debt sentence with a significant ripple effect on the economy.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/25/2013
  • Vossa the Hutt

    With Robin Vos and ALEC leading the charge, it’s easy to see why corruption doesn’t bother those in charge.

    Frances Black, 06/24/2013
  • Twenty to Life: As Federal Student Loan Interest Rate Hike Looms, New Research Shows Higher Education Turning Into Multi-Decade Debt Sentence

    A college education is supposed to be a path to the middle class, not a sentence to decades of debt. But, based on our original research, that is exactly what the fallout is.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 06/24/2013
  • U.S. Supreme Court Decision Turns Back the Clock 50 Years on Voter Rights

    The following are the statements of One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross regarding the U.S. Supreme Court decision in the Shelby Co. v. Holder voting rights case.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/24/2013
  • School Choice Will Destroy Wisconsin Education

    A well-rounded education is not a business, it's a right. Let’s keep government funding in Wisconsin’s public school system.

    Emily Ashlin, 06/23/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Failure Foreshadowed, The Walker Administration in Milwaukee County

    MADISON, Wis. — 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...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/23/2013
  • The Impact of Student Loan Debt on the National Economy

    Our research shows how the vicious cycle of student loan debt is a danger to the finances of students & their families and to our national economy.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 06/20/2013
  • The Fight For Voter Rights Not Over Yet

    Wisconsin needs to stay vocal about keeping the voting process open and inclusive to ensure Republicans can't manipulate the laws for personal benefit.

    Lauren Krupp, 06/20/2013
  • Back Off Our Lady Bits

    If Republicans were honest, they would admit this all has nothing to do with what's best for women. It has everything to do with controlling women.

    Frances Black, 06/20/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Failure to Respect Diversity

    You'd think Scott Walker would show at least some commitment to representing the diversity of Wisconsin's 5.5 million residents. But Gov. Walker has shown by his actions that if you're not rich, white and straight, he doesn't have time for you.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/20/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: The Only Things Certain in Life? Taxes and Walker Failure

    MADISON, Wis. — 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...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/19/2013
  • New National Research Shows Trillion Dollar Student Loan Debt Crisis a ‘Clear and Present Danger’ for Families and American Economy

    One Wisconsin Institute today unveiled new survey data showing the devastating impact of the one trillion dollars in student loan debt on the American economy.

    One Wisconsin Institute, 06/19/2013
  • Jerry Bader Jumps on the Right-Wing Bully Bandwagon

    MADISON, Wis. — Green Bay radio talk show host Jerry Bader, on his June 18 show, jumped on state Republicans’ bullying bandwagon in the debate over a series of radical anti-women’s health...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/18/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Walker’s Education Agenda a Formula for Failure

    MADISON, Wis. — 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...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/17/2013
  • #WalkerAt20: Promises Made, Promises Broken

    MADISON, Wis. — 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...

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/16/2013
  • Pocan Pushes for Action to Prevent Student Loan Rates From Doubling

    According to a study from One Wisconsin, it will take Wisconsinites on average almost 19 years to pay off their student loan debt from a four-year university, taking away money that could be spent in our local economies.

    U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan, 06/14/2013