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Confronting the 21st Century’s Third Rail of Economic Politics


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
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
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

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
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
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

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
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
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

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
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
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 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
Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, discusses student loan debt on WKOW-TV.
WKOW-TV
06/27/2013
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

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
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 Wisconsin Insititute presented research findings on the student loan debt crisis on Capitol City Sunday.
WKOW-TV
06/26/2013

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
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
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

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
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
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

One Wisconsin Institute today joined U.S. Representative Gwen Moore, students and higher education advocates at an event exposing the disastrous consequences of allowing federal student loan interest rates to double on July 1.
One Wisconsin Now
06/09/2013
With time running out, the U.S. Senate today considered competing plans for setting interest rates on federal Stafford Loans.
One Wisconsin Now
06/05/2013
It's the best of times and the worst of times for tackling the trillion dollar student loan debt crisis with the views of Wisconsin's two U.S. Senators, Tammy Baldwin and Ron Johnson
One Wisconsin Now
06/02/2013

President Obama today made a strong statement in favor of quick Congressional action to prevent federal student loan interest rates from doubling July 1st.
One Wisconsin Now
05/30/2013
Asked about rapidly rising college debt during a question-and-answer session, Johnson said he'd like to see more for-profit colleges enter the market.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
05/28/2013
It is not just students who are affected. Professionals who go through technical, four-year, or even graduate school have student loan debt. So do single moms.
La Crosse Tribune
05/28/2013

Scot Ross, Executive Director of advocacy group One Wisconsin Now, lambasted the JFC for failing to include any funding for financial aid or grants in the budget.
Capital Times
05/23/2013
Scot Ross, executive director of One Wisconsin Now, calls the tuition freeze a “great idea” but says Republicans have only expressed outrage over high tuition as an excuse to cut the UW’s budget.
Capital Times
05/23/2013
The unprecedented attack on United Council by Gov. Walker's allies reveals a contept for students and their interests that even goes beyond their indifference to the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis.
One Wisconsin Now
05/22/2013

A recent survey by the advocacy group One Wisconsin Now estimated that the huge student debt load is costing the auto industry alone about $200 million a year.
Capital Times
05/21/2013
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.
Taylor Larson
05/20/2013
It’s graduation time. While that’s supposed to be a joyous time for grads and their families the plain truth is that college grads are coming into a world of uncertainty: debt, lack of jobs, the prospect of no social security. Scot Ross joins the Melissa Harris-Perry panel.
MSNBC
05/19/2013

One Wisconsin Now's campaign against the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis and raising awareness about the devastating effects of it on Wisconsin's students, workers and economy has received a big endorsement.
One Wisconsin Now
05/16/2013
The Congressional Budget Office is now projecting the government will make a $51 billion profit from student loans in fiscal year 2013.
One Wisconsin Now
05/14/2013
Members of the Wausau Daily Herald Editorial board interviewed Rep. Katrina Shankland and members of One Wisconsin Now to discuss historically high student loan debt levels.
Wausau Daily Herald
05/07/2013

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.
One Wisconsin Now
05/05/2013
The lawsuit by the WILL over a contract signed by the MATC comes thanks to the CEO of the Bradley Foundation, which has contributed $500,000 to WILL.
One Wisconsin Now
05/01/2013
Johnson talks endlessly about the need to reduce the nebulous federal debt as a justification for ruthless austerity, but has been utterly silent on the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis.
One Wisconsin Now
05/01/2013

“The average debt per student in Wisconsin is nearly $25,000,” said Ross. That’s the 15th highest rate in the nation, and 67 percent of graduating students in the state will have some form of debt.
Wisconsin Radio Network
04/29/2013
Student loan debt is a clear and present danger to the Wisconsin economy and the future of our middle class. One year later we have even more debt for students than ever before in our history.
One Wisconsin Now
04/24/2013
One Wisconsin Institute briefed state legislators on the dramatic, negative impact of the trillion-dollar student loan debt crisis on Wisconsin's economy.
One Wisconsin Institute
04/24/2013

One Wisconsin Now’s Scot Ross sees the outrage over the UW System’s budget surplus as another example of ignoring the real problem in higher education — student loans.
Capital Times
04/22/2013
Press Release

Prelude to a Raid?

Right-wing finger-pointing over reports of University of Wisconsin System surpluses is distracting from the real crisis, the trillion dollar plus student loan debt crisis.
One Wisconsin Now
04/21/2013
Many Wisconsinites are putting off buying new cars or buying homes, according to survey of 2,658 Wisconsin residents by the liberal One Wisconsin Institute.
Eau Claire Leader-Telegram
04/13/2013