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Tuesday, March 15, 2016

 12:57 PM 

Shilling: 'Were going out with a whimper'

Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling today ripped Senate Republicans for their agenda this session, saying Wisconsin families are in worse position now than they were five years ago when the GOP took over the state Capitol.

The LaCrosse Dem ticked off a list of priorities laid out this session that she said have been ignored by majority Republicans as they sought to boost Gov. Scott Walker's short-lived presidential campaign rather than help boost the state's economy.

"I feel like we’re going out with a whimper," Shilling said.

Shilling and fellow Dems also knocked Senate Republicans for the college affordability bills they put on today's calendar, saying it was inadequate. While several of the guv's bills are on today's calendar, Senate Republicans declined to take up a proposed tax deduction for student loan interest due to concerns over the price tag. Dems have argued the entire package did not go far enough and the state should create an authority to refinance student loans.

“What’s happening on our calendar is really an anemic attempt to help with college affordability," Shilling said. "It misses the mark."


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