Higher Ed Lower Debt Tag Archive


  • Assembly Republicans Missing an Opportunity to Make Bipartisan Progress By Tackling Student Loan Debt Crisis

    If Republicans want to make bipartisan progress on a critical issue, helping student loan borrowers is a common sense solution.

    One Wisconsin Now, 01/10/2019
  • Desperate Scott Walker Campaign Criticizes Tony Evers for Supporting a Bigger Tax Break and Better Plan for Student Loan Borrowers

    Scott Walker is now criticizing Tony Evers for supporting a tax break for student loan borrowers and a common sense plan to help them refinance student loans.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/17/2018
  • Student Debt Becomes WISGOP 2018 Panic Room Issue

    John Nygren has been seeking information about a program in Connecticut that helps borrowers there refinance their student loans at lower interest rates.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/13/2018
  • Republican Legislators Rejecting Student Loan Refinancing Themselves Attended College at One-Fifth the Cost Today

    Cost of Republicans' own schooling may explain ignorance of student loan debt crisis, but it doesn’t excuse their refusal to help.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/26/2017
  • Support Higher Ed, Lower Debt

    We’re asking you to call, write or email your state legislators and urge them to support this common sense plan and include it in the state budget.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/23/2017
  • State Budget Committee Democrats Make a Stand for Student Loan Borrowers

    Amendment to Allow Student Loan Borrowers to Refinance, Just Like You Can With a Mortgage, Would Put State on Road to Reform.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/23/2017
  • Higher Ed, Lower Debt 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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/07/2017
  • Harsdorf, Senate GOP Kills Student Loan Refinancing Plan

    Gov. Walker and the Republicans have been exposed as phonies on the student loan debt crisis. They’ve made the crisis worse.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/03/2016
  • Poll Confirms Overwhelming Support for ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ Student Loan Refinancing

    Voters overwhelmingly support a specific component of the Higher Ed, Lower Debt bill plan to allow student loan borrowers the ability to refinance their loans.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/19/2015
  • Wisconsin’s Rising Ranking on Student Debt Demands Action, Not Excuses

    As the percentage of state graduates with debt and the size of their burden continues to increase it’s time for the legislature to stop make excuses.

    One Wisconsin Now, 11/03/2015
  • Spurning Wisconsin Offer, Ashley Furniture Industries Takes Jobs and Safety Issues to N.C.

    “Pay-to-play certainly comes to my mind and I know I’m not alone,” said Scot Ross, executive director of the progressive group One Wisconsin Now.

    Wisconsin Gazette, 10/17/2015
  • Wisconsin Senate Panel Hears Testimony on Student Loan Debt Refinancing Bill

    Jenni Dye, research director for One Wisconsin Now, said the organization's work on student loan debt is a big part of what drew her to the job.

    Capital Times, 10/08/2015
  • ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ Student Loan Refinancing Bill Set for Hearing

    This hearing is the opportunity for legislators to hear their stories and understand the critical need for common sense reform.

    Capital Times, 10/06/2015
  • State Senate to Hear Testimony on Student Loan Debt Refinancing Bill

    The Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act is common sense reform to help put Wisconsinites on the path to the middle class instead of sentencing them to decades of debt.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/01/2015
  • Back to School Shouldn’t Mean Decades of Debt

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

    Scot Ross, 08/28/2015
  • Wisconsin Democrats Reintroduce Student Loan Refinancing Bill

    To deny them the opportunity of the American dream when they're doing the yeoman's work, the hard work of helping people ... is a crime.

    Capital Times, 05/20/2015
  • Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act Introduced, Would Allow Wisconsin Borrowers to Refinance Student Loans Just Like You Can a Mortgage

    Now it’s time for their elected leaders to step up for them and put common sense before politics by allowing borrowers to refinance their student loans, just like you can with a mortgage.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/19/2015
  • Gov. Walker’s Student Loan Horror Show Premieres at ‘TheWalkerDead.com’

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/31/2014
  • Walker Ad Can’t Hide Failing Record on Higher Ed, Student Loan Debt

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/20/2014
  • MEMO: A $1.2 Trillion Crisis

    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...

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/17/2014
  • Consumer Financial Protection Bureau Report Exposes Issues in Private Student Loan System

    A new report from the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau points to the need for significant reform to the student loan system, including allowing refinancing.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/16/2014
  • Mary Burke Repeats Call for Student Loan Reform to Aid Borrowers

    During an editorial board visit with the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, today, Democratic candidate for governor Mary Burke reiterated her call for student loan reform.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/15/2014
  • Over 800,000 Reasons to Address Student Loan Debt in Gubernatorial Debate

    Students and borrowers have done the right thing. Mary Burke is listening to them and Gov. Walker is listening to the Wall Street bankers financing his campaign.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/10/2014
  • Mary Burke Calls Student Loan Reform to Aid Borrowers Her Top Priority As Governor

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 10/06/2014
  • Gov. Walker Refuses to Help Student Loan Borrowers As His WEDC Lets Businesses That Owe Millions to State Off the Hook

    Gov. Scott Walker has steadfastly refused to support a common sense state plan to allow students loan refinancing, just like you can a mortgage.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/26/2014
  • Pricetag of Student Loan Debt Continues to Rise: Recent Study Shows Housing Industry Loses $83 Billion in Sales Annually

    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, 09/24/2014
  • What College Republicans Get Wrong About Higher Ed, Lower Debt

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

    Badger Herald, 09/17/2014
  • What College Republicans Get Wrong About Higher Ed, Lower Debt

    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.

    Miles Brown, 09/17/2014
  • Armed Services Veteran, UW Student Tells Gov. Walker Voter ID Law Will Not Keep Students From Polls in November

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/16/2014
  • Gov. Walker Earns Failing Grades in Student Loan Debt 101 on College Tour

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/10/2014
  • Will Ron Johnson Be Deciding Vote on Student Loan Refinancing?

    Johnson could be the deciding vote on legislation authored by Sen. Warren, and sponsored by Sen. Baldwin, to allow student loans to be refinanced.

    One Wisconsin Now, 09/09/2014
  • Workplace and Health Care Gender Inequality, Not Jobs, Making a ‘Wisconsin Comeback’ With the Regressive Policies of Gov. Scott Walker

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/26/2014
  • PBS NewsHour Features One Wisconsin Now’s Student Loan Debt Work for Tuesday Segment

    The national ‘PBS NewsHour’ program will feature One Wisconsin Now and the Institute’s work on the student loan debt crisis in a segment airing Tuesday evening.

    One Wisconsin Now, 08/25/2014
  • Gov. Walker Conducts Photo-Op at For-Profit College Chain Under Investigation by Attorneys General

    Gov. Walker is visiting a branch of ITT Tech which operates 145 campuses in 35 states and is one of four for-profit colleges under investigation by multiple attorneys general across the country.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/28/2014
  • Student Loan Debt Reform Boosts Burke to Commanding Lead Among Younger Voters

    The latest Marquette University Law poll shows former Trek Executive Mary Burke with a commanding lead of 48-35 among voters aged 18-29.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/23/2014
  • Kleefisch Tech College Tour Ignores Walker Failures on Student Loan Debt

    Massive cuts, skyrocketing tuition and opposing reforms that would allow borrowers to refinance their loans, just like you can a mortgage or car loan – that’s the Walker-Kleefisch record.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/22/2014
  • Obama Links Student Loan Payments to 10 Percent of Income

    Research conducted by the liberal advocacy group, One Wisconsin Institute, found Wisconsin residents with student loan debt were paying nearly $500 a month for more than 20 years.

    Capital Times, 06/10/2014
  • In Historic First, Wisconsin Democrats Call for Action to Help Over 753,000 Wisconsin Student Loan Borrowers

    In a historic first, Wisconsin Democrats today included support for common sense measures to help Wisconsin borrowers refinance their student loan debt as part of their party platform.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/07/2014
  • Seceding From the Union or Providing Relief From Student Loan Debt Crisis: Which Is Better for the Wisconsin Economy?

    The GOP engaged in a debate over a party platform resolution authorizing the state to secede from the union. Democrats meanwhile are set to take on serious economic issues.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/05/2014
  • Sen. Warren Announces New Student Loan Debt Refinancing Bill

    Allowing for the refinancing of student loans is a common sense, pro-consumer solution to help 40 million Americans with over $1.2 trillion in debt.

    One Wisconsin Now, 05/06/2014
  • $1T Day Anniversary No Cause for Celebration

    The two-year anniversary of student loan debt hitting $1 trillion in the U.S. ought to be a clarion call to action. If we allow this crisis to continue to grow unchecked it will most certainly become a full-blown economic catastrophe.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/25/2014
  • Worst. Anniversary. Ever.

    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.

    Jenni Dye, 04/24/2014
  • Tuition Freeze ‘unsustainable’ Solution to College Affordability

    The One Wisconsin [Institute] survey found that the average monthly loan payment for respondents of all educational attainment was $388 a month.

    Capital Times, 04/17/2014
  • Gov. Walker’s Tax Day Record: Failure on $80 Million ‘Higher Ed, Lower Debt’ Tax Relief Plan

    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.

    One Wisconsin Now, 04/15/2014
  • Scott Walker Should Get Behind Higher Ed, Lower Debt Bill

    If Gov. Scott Walker really wants to help Wisconsin families with higher education expenses, he should support reforms on student loan debt instead of grabbing headlines about another tuition freeze at the...

    Capital Times, 04/12/2014
  • Burke Plan: Is Relief in Sight for Student Loan Borrowers in Wisconsin?

    Wisconsin gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has included key provisions of the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act in her “Invest for Success” jobs plan released today.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/30/2014
  • National Coalition Seeks Solutions to $1.2 Trillion Student Loan Debt Crisis and to Restore Fairness for Borrowers

    A new national coalition, Higher Ed Not Debt, is bringing advocates and borrowers together in a campaign to restore fairness to a student loan system gone horribly awry.

    One Wisconsin Now, 03/06/2014
  • Borrowers, Students, Experts and Legislators Call for Action on Student Loan Debt Crisis

    Experts and legislators provided testimony to the Assembly Colleges and Universities Committee on Monday in support of Assembly Bill 498, the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act.

    One Wisconsin Now, 02/11/2014