Walker campaign announces up to $5,000 in tax credits for college students

MADISON (WKOW) — Scott Walker’s latest campaign ad is touting the UW tuition freeze and announcing a new plan that would give college students up to $5,000 in tax credits for staying and working in the state after graduation.

The latest ad called “Close to Home” shows Walker talking to college students and asking them how many are worried about paying for college. The new refundable tax credit, which is offered to college students regardless if they’re in debt or not, aims to keep more in Wisconsin after graduation.

Students can get up to $1,000 per year for up to five years aimed to and help build the workforce. In addition to the Governor’s tax credit is his plan to freeze in-state tuition another four years, after freezing it for the previous six.

But Democrats are not buying it, nor is his democratic opponent Tony Ever’s, both wondering why it took so long to address student loan debt.

“Scott Walker had eight years to address student loan debt and failed to do so. This plan is too little, too late,” said Evers campaign spokesman Sam Lau. “Two out of every three college students in Wisconsin will graduate with debt, and freezing tuition doesn’t solve that problem. That’s why Tony Evers has pledged to pass the Higher Ed Lower Debt bill, which provides a tax break for every borrower–not just a select few like Scott Walker’s plan–at no net cost to taxpayers.”

Evers said he wants students to be able to deduct student loan payments from their income tax and allow borrowers to refinance at lower interest rates.

Walker’s ad, the 17th of the campaign, comes the same day the Democratic Governors Association group launch an ad featuring a woman with breast cancer  arguing if Walker takes away protections with people with pre-existing conditions she won’t be able to afford treatment.

The woman in the ad said, “Scott Walker doesn’t seem to care about families like mine.”

Walker’s spokesperson Austin Altenburg said the new ad was a “false attack” and Evers should denounce it. While Walker is a proponent of repealing “Obamacare” his campaign argues he supported legislation this year to protect those with preexisting conditions. The bill failed to pass in the legislature this session.  Walker took to Twitter shortly after the ad was announced.

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

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