Schimel Sides With Trump University Over Student Loan Borrowers
Attorneys General From Across Nation Denounce Trump Administration Effort to Repeal Consumer Protections For Student Loan Borrowers ...But Not Brad Schimel
MADISON Wis. — Attorneys General from across the country, including from neighboring states Minnesota, Illinois and Iowa, have joined together to oppose Donald Trump and his Education Secretary Betsy DeVos’s scheme to repeal consumer protections for student loan borrowers. In a letter to DeVos, the state top cops note how multiple investigations have revealed abuses in the servicing of student loans and how shoddy practices harm borrowers. One Wisconsin Now Executive Director Scot Ross noted that missing from the effort to protect student loan borrowers is Wisconsin Attorney General Brad Schimel.
“With his inaction Brad Schimel is taking the side of Donald Trump, a guy who settled a lawsuit for $25 million over his scam university, instead of standing with 21 fellow Attorneys General and fighting for the best interests of student loan borrowers,” commented Ross.
These anti-borrower measures are being implemented by Trump’s Secretary of Education, Michigan billionaire Betsy DeVos, whose financial portfolio includes ties to the student loan debt collection industry.
Ross noted that Schimel’s inaction to protect the consumer rights of nearly one million Wisconsin student loan borrowers comes on the eve of the five year anniversary of the total student loan debt in the United States reaching $1 trillion.
According to recent statistics there are nearly one million borrowers with $19 billion in federal student loan debt alone. Wisconsin is now ranked in the top five states in the nation for percentage of college graduates with student debt at 70 percent and the average debt load is nearly $30,000.
He concluded, “Brad Schimel opened up a new $1 million department in the Attorney General’s office to sue the federal government when there was a Democrat in the White House. But now he won’t even sign his name to a letter asking a Republican to back off on stripping consumer protections from nearly one million Wisconsinites. Sad.”
The coalition of 21 Attorney’s General letter to Donald Trump’s Education Secretary Betsy DeVos can be found at http://onewi.org/2pYHnl0.
One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.
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