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Tuesday, November 3, 2015

 3:30 PM 

Dems try pulling 'higher ed, lower debt' bill to floor

Despite a GOP offer to shift the "higher ed, lower debt" bill to the Joint Finance Committee, Dems are trying to pull the legislation to the Assembly floor for debate.

Speaker Robin Vos said earlier today he knew Dems planned to force the debate on the floor. Instead, the Rochester Republican offered to move the bill from the Ways and Means Committee to Joint Finance to allow for more discussion on parts of the legislation both parties can agree on.

Vos said he was making the offer in the spirit of "wiping the slate clean." He said newly elected House Speaker Paul Ryan' attempt to do the same there was inspiring.

Rep. Cory Mason, the author of the bill, said he has felt like Charlie Brown trying to kick a football held by Lucy. She keeps pulling it away at the last moment, the Racine Dem said.

"Today maybe we'll kick the football," he said.

Mason's bill includes letting students and graduates refinance their debt for lower interest rates. It also makes loan payments tax deductible.


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