Weekly Democratic radio address: "Making higher education more affordable"


MADISON – Senator Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay) offered the Democratic weekly radio address today. In his radio message, Sen. Hansen highlighted the importance of UW funding and the need to address the growing student loan debt crisis. 

"Despite the overwhelming opposition to these cuts, Republican legislators went along with Gov. Walker’s plan to cut $250 million from our UW schools. For students, families, communities and businesses, this budget cut is bad news." - Sen. Dave Hansen
 

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here:
http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen30/hansenradioaddress6.4.15.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below: 

"Hi, I’m Senator Dave Hansen with this week’s Democratic radio address. While students celebrate the end of the school year and the start of summer, families across our state are concerned about the latest round of Republican budget cuts to our local schools. 

"Despite the overwhelming opposition to these cuts, Republican legislators went along with Gov. Walker’s plan to cut $250 million from our UW schools. For students, families, communities and businesses, this budget cut is bad news. Our state is already facing a student loan debt crisis that is rapidly spiraling out of control. By cutting state funding, increasing tuition and limiting access to financial aid, more students will be forced to take out high interest loans that lock them into decades of crushing debt. 

"Democrats have a solution though. Along with many of my colleagues I’ve authored the Higher Ed., Lower Debt bill to provide student loan debt relief. This bill would allow students and families to refinance their loans at lower interest rates – just like you can already do with your home or car. It’s a simple yet important step toward making college more affordable and growing our middle class.

"You can learn more about this bill by visiting “wistudentloanrelief.com” and sharing your story. Together, we can lower student loan debt and expand economic opportunities for hardworking Wisconsin residents. Thanks."