MADISON, Wis. — TONIGHT, April 16, 2020 at 7:00 PM CT, as college students across America grapple with closed campuses, lost wages, and an uncertain future, Opportunity Wisconsin will host a virtual conversation with students from UW-Green Bay, UW-Eau Claire, and UW-Milwaukee to discuss COVID-19’s economic impact and elevate the stories of those who are being left behind by President Trump’s policies favoring the wealthy and well-connected.
Opportunity Wisconsin is calling on the President and lawmakers in Washington, D.C. to invest in college students and their families during this economic crisis, not push policies that primarily bailout big corporations and CEOs.
The group also plans to discuss the All Dependents Count Act—legislation introduced by U.S. Senator Tammy Baldwin that would “make dependents 17 and older count toward what a family gets in direct payments from the bipartisan coronavirus relief package signed into law” on March 27.
“It’s not right to give nothing to families for dependent children older than 16. There are many working high school and college students who file a tax return and won’t get a $1,200 payment. The least we should do is provide these households a $500 payment for dependents 17 and up. With high schools and colleges shut down and many of these working students out of work, just like their parents, we need to provide this additional economic support during this challenging time,” said Senator Baldwin in a press release introducing the legislation.