Wis. Student Loan Bill Well-Received At Hearing

"A Democratic bill that would allow more than 750,000 residents to refinance student loans received strong support during a hearing, but its chances for passage are uncertain with one top Republican lawmaker expressing doubts about it," The Associated Press reports

"The bill would allow borrowers to refinance loans at lower interest rates and deduct up to $6,500 annually on state income tax returns, Wisconsin State Journal reported Thursday.

The bill's sponsors, Sen. Dave Hansen, D-Green Bay, and Rep. Cory Mason, D-Racine, said student debt hurts the state economy by hampering car and home buying. ...

Hansen's bill would create the Wisconsin Student Loan Refinancing Authority, a group that would be similar to the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority.

But John Reinemann, an executive secretary with the Wisconsin Higher Educational Aids Board, said while he likes some aspects of the bill, he's concerned the bill would promote higher borrowing for college.

Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he has doubts about the bill too.

Fitzgerald said his caucus is considering multiple bills on student loan debt, but that Hansen and Mason's so-called 'Higher Ed, Lower Debt' bill would 'probably not' be successful."

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