Wisconsin is the birthplace of the progressive tradition. The Wisconsin I know proudly believes in the power of education and the importance of funding our public schools and universities. Under my leadership as governor, Wisconsin will be a state that reinvests in education once again. We will fulfill the Wisconsin Idea and give students opportunities that are second to none.
Fully invest in K-12 education. Making Wisconsin stronger than it’s ever been starts from the ground-up. My administration will value and support our K-12 teachers, students, and schools by adequately funding our public education and reducing class sizes.
Fully invest in the UW-System. Our universities aren’t just an educational asset – they are huge drivers of economic growth. I believe in the Wisconsin Idea, where higher education can provide opportunities for everyone. We will work to reverse the massive cuts to our UW System and provide new investments for the next generation.
Allow refinancing for student loans. People are able to refinance their mortgage or auto loan. The same should be true with student loans. Putting money back in the pockets of young professionals provides new opportunities, economic reinvestment, and creates stability for an entire generation of Wisconsinites.
Create a student loan forgiveness program. Americans owe more in student loans than they do credit cards. To combat this, we will institute a student loan forgiveness program upon commitment to public service. If you attend a Wisconsin state university, you’ve made an investment in the state of Wisconsin, and we want to make an investment in you. Whether a K-12 teacher or police officer, if you’re giving back to your community, Wisconsin will thank you for your service.
Support our technical colleges. Technical colleges give students the opportunity to gain the skills necessary to obtain a family sustaining job. I will restore the heavy cuts made to our technical college system and work on expanding programs to meet the demands of our changing economy.
Devote resources to apprenticeship programs. Apprenticeship programs are a pathway to family-sustaining jobs. Investing in these programs ensures all students can gain new skills for a new job.