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Falk announces plan to address student loan debt

4 Democrats vying for nomination in governor's race

MADISON, Wis. - Democratic candidate for governor Kathleen Falk said she would create a new state position to address student loan debt in Wisconsin.

Falk announced her plan at a news conference Wednesday at the Red Gym on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus.

She said she'd work with and lobby the federal government for more Pell grants for students and make a new position in the Department of Workforce Development to work solely on the effect of student loan debt.

"It's to start the conversation, it's to start the ideas, designate a person whose job it is to formulate those ideas because, right now, there is no attention being paid," Falk said.

When asked, Falk said she would not support a specific tuition cap in the UW System and wouldn't make any specific funding commitments to K-12 or UW education, saying only that education is her top priority.

Falk is trying to win her party's nomination to take on Republican Gov. Scott Walker in a recall election. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett, state Sen. Kathleen Vinehout and Secretary of State Doug La Follette are also seeking the Democratic nomination in the governor's race.

The primary is set for May 8 with the recall election set for June 5. 

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