Wisconsin State Treasurer candidates discuss student loan debt

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WEAU) -- Tuesday, a Democratic candidate running for Wisconsin State Treasurer discussed student loan debt at UW-Eau Claire.

Eau Claire native Sarah Godlewski held a press conference at the Davies Center Tuesday morning, detailing how families are affected by student loans.

Tuesday, she unveiled a plan to re-finance student loans, by using part of the $1.2-billion in trust funds overseen by the treasurer's office.
"In the state of Wisconsin, it’s a $27-billion problem, and to think there's no solutions, whether it’s with the federal government or at the state, is just mind boggling and so, rather than watch this happen, we need to step up,” said Godlewski.

“The best way to reduce student loan debt is to reduce the cost of a 4-year college tuition that's something Republican legislature already done in Wisconsin the past 6 years with the tuition freeze. They're pledging to continue to protect students for another 4 years and now we have a $5,000 tax credit to help young adults pay down their debt,” said Republican Travis Hartwig, candidate for Wisconsin state Treasurer.

Godlewski and Hartwig square off for the treasurer's office election on November 6.