Here's are updates on the student loan crisis and its growing significance in the Wisconsin gubernatorial race from Scot Ross, Executive Director, One Wisconsin Now.
From OWN's website:
In Wisconsin the response to the crisis from Gov. Walker has been silence and indifference interspersed between the largest cuts to public education in state history and hiking UW System tuition to the tune of $200 million plus for students attending over his four-year term.
Meanwhile the Republican controlled legislature gave borrowers the opportunity to offer their support during public hearings on the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act (Senate Bill 376 and Assembly Bill 498). But when it came time to count the votes, Republicans voted along party lines to keep the full legislature from having the opportunity to debate and vote on the bill.
The good news is there appears to be new hope on the horizon. Gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke has included some of the common sense solutions from the Higher Ed, Lower Debt Act in her newly released "Invest for Success" jobs plan.
Ruth Conniff, editor of the Progressive Magazine posted this story yesterday citing the most recent public polling in the Mary Burke-Scott Walker race (46-46 among registered voters) and declaring: "The student loan debt issue could decide the 2014 election." (http://www.thedailypage.com/isthmus/article.php?article=42784&sid=ab36d644248dca56c6f0c3eb1db18e38)
Later, Ruth was on "The Ed Show" and talked about our work and made the same point, echoed by Ed in a segment devoted to student loan debt's impact on the race. (http://www.msnbc.com/the-ed-show/watch/wisconsin-youth-sees-through-walkers-agenda-263689283623)I'd add that it's more than a bit ironic that while Walker and his budget are looking at more red ink, so I guess debt management and austerity are just for little people.
(Disclosure: I am on the OWN C-3 board.)