MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on a bill that calls for reimbursing student loans for out-of-staters that move to rural Wisconsin (all times local):

11:10 a.m.

The authors of a Republican bill that would reimburse student loans for out-of-staters who move to rural Wisconsin are telling a legislative committee that the measure would help attract young workers and families to the state.

Rep. Ed Brooks and Sen. Tom Tiffany told the Assembly Committee on Rural Development and Mining during a public hearing Thursday that young people are moving out of rural sections of the state for urban areas, crippling local economies and costing schools funding. They say the bill can help reverse that trend and attract recent college graduates to rural areas.

The bill calls for the Higher Education Aids Board to reimburse 40 percent or $25,000, whichever is less, of student loans for someone who has lived in a rural Wisconsin county for at least six months immediately after living out-of-state for at least five years.

Kansas has a similar program.


8:25 a.m.

A legislative committee is set to take comments on a Republican bill that calls for reimbursing student loans for out-of-staters who move into rural areas in Wisconsin.

Rep. Ed Brooks’ proposal would require the Higher Education Aids Board to reimburse 40 percent or $25,000, whichever is less, of student loans for someone who has lived in a rural Wisconsin county for at least six months after living out-of-state for at least five years.

The Rural Wisconsin Health Cooperative is the only group that has registered in support of the bill. No groups have registered against it.

The Assembly Committee on Rural Development and Mining has scheduled a public hearing on the bill Thursday morning in the state Capitol.