Columns & Testimony

Nearly two-thirds of graduates in 2017 left college in Wisconsin not just with a degree but also an average debt of nearly $30,000.

Throughout his campaign, Brian Hagedorn has chosen not to disavow, but to embrace, his discriminatory views.

Today we are asking that you reject the proposals contained in these bills to reinstate unnecessary and unconstitutional limits on early voting.

Brad Schimel has proved time and time again that his first and most important priority is supporting the conservative agenda at the expense of women and of rape survivors.

The Betsy DeVos Department of Education and the Scott Walker administration are moving to make the student loan debt system problems worse, not better.

After extensive investigation of the use of state airplanes by Gov. Scott Walker, it seems his attitude toward Wisconsin taxpayers is, “I’ll fly, you buy.”

It’s officially Scott Walker’s 25th anniversary in his self-described “government hammock.”

Scott Walker offered something worse than deafening silence on Donald Trump’s unconscionable policy of tearing infants and children from their parents.

Show mothers and women respect they deserve every day by empowering us to make our own decisions about birth control and helping keep it copay free.

An executive whose party suffers historic election losses lashes out with angry tweets. Where have we seen this before? It’s not Donald Trump, it’s Scott Walker.

One Wisconsin Now has sent the following letter to the board of directors of the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce demanding it pull down the television ad.

If Michael Screnock applies his own rhetorical standard for judges to himself, could he earn his own support? It seems the answer would be no.

The Wisconsin Freedom of Information Council could not have picked a worse recipient for its political openness award than Scott Walker.

He is the wrong nominee for a lifetime appointment, and Trump and his Senate Republican enablers are using the wrong process in ramming through the nomination.

Sen. Chuck Grassley has nearly completed his conversion of the Judiciary Committee to his own personal political playground.

What’s in store for Wisconsin politics in 2018? Who knows. But that’s not going to stop us from making our predictions for the year ahead.

That same wisdom applies to Gov. Scott Walker’s proposed $3 billion-plus subsidy to induce Taiwanese-based Foxconn to locate a factory in Wisconsin.

The provisions of August 2017 Special Session Assembly Bill 1 embody, on their face, a bad deal. And the more we find out, the worse it gets.

Gov. Scott Walker wants state taxpayers to dole out up to $250 million annually in incentives to Taiwanese electronics manufacturer Foxconn.

According to the latest estimates, over 43 million Americans now owe $1.4 trillion, making student loans the second largest consumer debt in the nation.

Neil Gorsuch’s views fall far behind the rest of the country. But what is most unsettling is that he secured his critical position in a completely unprecedented manner.

A group of state legislative Republicans think that now, 230 years after our first and only constitutional convention, is a good time to rewrite the Constitution.

We deserve, and need, a consensus justice on our high court whose loyalty is to all American people and our American values, not one president nor one party.

Sean Duffy, Paul Ryan and the GOP cabal in Washington D.C. are carrying out a political agenda, trying to eliminate an organization with which they disagree.

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.

Allowing Scott Walker to spread misinformation about the impact of the voter ID law undermines the integrity of our elections.

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.

We count on our courts to protect our rights and ensure everyone is treated equally by the law. It’s why they matter so much.

If paying higher tuition means that programs will be put in place to create a campus climate that does not tolerate rape, I will happily pay more.

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.

The evidence shows to date state Sen. Scott Fitzgerald has not been forthcoming or honest with the media about these matters.

The unprecedented political power play by the GOP in D.C. in refusing to give a fair hearing and timely vote to Judge Merrick Garland stretched for over 150 days.

You have the chance to make your voice heard and urge your senators to do the right thing - ensure the Supreme Court continues to work for all of us.

Allowing our courts to become deadlocked for petty political reasons would be unprecedented. It’s time Sen. Ron Johnson stop playing games and start doing his job.

Maybe Rep. Jesse Kremer should be focusing his “time” in the next legislative session on priorities more important than shaming transgender students.

I would describe Scott Walker’s college affordability scheme the same way I would characterize his own personal higher ed experience — woefully incomplete.

Will they act to help or will they allow student loan debt to stand in the way of the fair shot at the middle class borrowers have earned with their hard work and personal responsibility?

The student loan debt crisis is real, the need for reform is urgent and the opportunity is before us.

Sen. Gudex and his fellow Republicans need to remember they’re supposed to be working for us, not covering Scott Walker’s backside, and resist the temptation to allow partisanship to overcome common sense.

While we are often at odds with Walker, on this we can agree: He most certainly should be evaluated by the company he keeps and his record in office.

Scott Walker is on the campaign trail touting himself as a “fresh face,” but he’s been running for political office since before he could rent a car.

After cowering behind closed doors, Republicans emerged to unleash the greatest assault on open records in our state’s history.

The teachable moment is that behind every "bold" claim by Walker is a very different, cold, hard truth. It's a lesson the school children of Wisconsin know only too well.

If we’re going to move our state forward, we need to choose a different path by recommitting to public education as a public good and reducing student debt.

Despite a lifetime in campaign politics, Governor Walker has much to learn about the economy works.

One Wisconsin Now Program Director Analiese Eicher offered the following testimony on provisions of Assembly Bill 163 related to the elimination of the Educational Approval Board.

Judge for yourself if Scott Walker is living up to these ideals not only as an Eagle Scout but also as the governor of Wisconsin.

A picture paints a thousand words. And this one really captures the essence of Scott Walker's rank hypocrisy and phony fandom.

By refusing to speak out now and allowing Rush Limbaugh’s sick comments to stand, Scott Walker is showing us where he really stands.

Rather than reinforcing the university's commitment to public service, Walker made clear he does not consider public education a virtue worth preserving.

The efforts of both Assembly and Senate Republicans fall woefully short of protecting our children and tax dollars, instead putting ideology and political payback before helping our schools be the best that they can be.

One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross submitted the following testimony to members of Assembly Education Committee, in opposition to Assembly Bill 1.

One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross submitted the following testimony in opposition to Assembly Joint Resolution 1, being heard in the Assembly Judiciary Committee today.

A right to work law would take us in the opposite direction, and that’s why it’s wrong for families, wrong for workers and wrong for Wisconsin.

This bill was something substantive that dealt with student loan debt from a long-term perspective, and Republicans killed it without even a second glance.

The Progressive Magazine has a great post about tonight's 'Bradley Foundation' awards, emceed by recent…um…'newsmaker' George Will.

It is past time for all of our leaders to lead on addressing student loan debt. They have over one trillion reasons to do so.

If we don't act we risk higher education at a university or job training at a technical college become nothing more than a multi-decade debt sentence instead of the path to the middle class.

This bill creates a system that allows students to focus on school now, make educated decisions about how they are paying for school, and helps them afford their payments later.

Students like me are working hard to provide for our future and improve our communities. We aren't asking for a handout, but we are asking for a fair shot.

Without a sense of urgency and action on real, comprehensive solutions, we run the risk of seeing the $1.2 trillion student loan debt crisis become a $2 trillion economic catastrophe.

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.

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

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?

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

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

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

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.

The desire to return to the “way things were” can be a sweet sentiment. What can be wrong with a return to better, simpler times? Nostalgia in politics normally means longing for...

One Wisconsin Now Executive Director, Scot Ross, hosted 92.1 the Mic to discuss the student loan debt crisis, highlighting the negative implications this trillion dollar debt has on the economy.

Democrats, Republicans and independents certainly have different views on many of the challenges facing our state and nation. There is one thing we all can agree on, however - we love the University.

Bills like the early voting restriction proposal, and the lawmakers like Rep. Duey Stroebel that propose them, ought to be rebuked, not excused.

Today, choice is a popular buzzword in the debate over women’s health. Women argue they should be able to choose independently about health… Do I want to have children? Where do I...

It is no coincidence that the first post-November election comments on his policy agenda for the coming year were made by Gov. Scott Walker at the Reagan library in California

As Gov. Walker pursues national political ambitions, he is poised to inflict even more of his poisonous agenda on the people of Wisconsin.

Imagine if the Republicans in charge of state government took massive gun violence as seriously as they do the handful of instances of voting impropriety.

How can making it more difficult for Wisconsin residents to exercise their right to vote in the leading democracy in the world be justified?

Voting is both our right and our civic responsibility. It is how we shape the future of our communities and hold our elected representatives accountable.

Post recall election there has been no shortage of attempts to spin what the results mean. One unquestionable takeaway is that in this election, money mattered. A lot.