This week, six of my bills were signed into law. Two bills used
the Assembly's Red Tape Review process to clean up outdated
administrative code in the University of Wisconsin System and
our Technical College System. Governor Walker also signed four
bills in our College Affordability Package into law.
The bills in the College Affordability Package are another step forward in our vision
to keep college affordable: keep costs low, make them transparent to the
student, and focus on getting degrees finished in a timely
manner. We know that we need multiple strategies to tackle college
costs; this predicament won’t be solved in one fell swoop or in
just one action. I will continue to work with my colleagues and
higher education partners on more fiscally responsible reforms
for the future.
Below is brief description of each bill:
Wisconsin Grants (Act 281):
Benefits over 1,000 technical college students by increasing the
needs-based Wisconsin Grants by $1 million in the biennium.
Emergency Grants (Act 282):
Provide $450,000 for emergency grants to keep students in school
who experience a financial emergency.
DWD Internship Coordinators (Act
Uses existing money to create two positions at DWD to
connect employers with Wisconsin universities and create
Financial Literacy (Act 284):
Requires all higher education institutions to send students an
annual letter with information about their loans so they can
make better decisions about their financial future.
At the bill signing for Acts 281 and 282 at Mid-State Technical
Left to Right: UW Colleges and Extension Chancellor Cathy
Sandeen, Governor Walker, Representative Dave Murphy, David
Boardman (Office of Rep. Murphy), and Diane Handrick (Office of