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'Meaningful first step:' Governor Evers’ Student Debt Task Force holds second meeting

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MADISON, Wis. (CBS 58) – Governor Evers’ Student Debt Task Force met for the second time on Wednesday, May 27.

The goal of the task force is to assess the causes of student debt and help find long-term strategies to reduce debt.

Governor Evers’ signed an Executive Order in January to form this task force.

On Wednesday, the meeting focused on learning more about the student debt problem from researchers and included an overview on financial aid.

The task force is focusing now on collecting information and gathering and analyzing data to eventually develop recommendations.

The recommendations will then be put into a final report around the end of August showing how the state can best address student debt for Wisconsinites.

“Student debt isn’t going to go away anytime soon, but this task force will be a meaningful first step in addressing this crisis in our state, bolstering our economy, building a state that works for everyone,” Governor Tony Evers said. “It’s time to take action to address college affordability, to ensure that higher education doesn’t come at the cost of decades of crippling debt.”

The next meeting is scheduled for June 3.

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