From: Ray Buckley, Chair of the New Hampshire Democratic Party
Date: July 21, 2014
New Hampshire students and their parents can't rely on Scott Brown’s costly record on student loans. Just like with increasing the minimum wage, or providing New Hampshire women with access to coverage for basic health services, Scott Brown is refusing to give people in New Hampshire straight answers on college affordability.
Scott Brown voted to cut Pell Grants, ignoring the 21,000 New Hampshire students who depended on them. He voted twice to allow student loan rates to double. New Hampshire students and their parents deserve answers from Brown.
Brown would rather hide in the bathroom than talk about how to reduce student loan debt. New Hampshire students are struggling under a mountain of debt, with the average student owing $33,000 after graduation.
It is a sharp contrast to Jeanne Shaheen, a former teacher, who as our governor and our Senator has worked to make a difference for students and their parents. She expanded public kindergarten to tens of thousands of New Hampshire students and put in place a tax free tuition savings plan to help families save for their children's education as Governor. In the Senate, she is leading the charge on a commonsense proposal to let students's refinance their debt just like a mortgage or car loan.
Brown Voted to Slash Pell Grants for New Hampshire Students
Now Scott Brown is dodging questions about Senator Jeanne Shaheen's Bank on Students Act that would let graduates refinance their student loans just like a mortgage or car loan. The Concord Monitor reported that, "When asked, Brown’s campaign did not say how Brown would have voted on the legislation." Scott Brown is in this race for Scott Brown. He would rather allow this crisis to remain unsolved than support Jeanne Shaheen's commonsense proposal.