Student Loan Forgiveness
Pennsylvania students carry the highest average student loan debt in the country, with the average student owing more than $36,000 at the time of graduation. Nationwide, Americans owe an astounding $1.5 trillion in student loan debt, the second-highest form of consumer debt behind mortgage debt.
As someone who owes six figures in student loans, I know full well the heavy burden that student loan debt imposes on graduates and families. Studies show that of the 44 million Americans with student loan debt, nearly 90% struggle to make monthly payments. We can’t buy a home, get married, save for retirement, or contribute to charity. We are less likely to pursue advanced degrees and less likely to start our own businesses. Bankruptcy isn’t an option, and when we die, our student loan debts are passed on to our loved ones.
The student loan system is rigged against us. As your representative in Congress, I will strongly support legislation addressing the student loan crisis. The time has come to free students and families from the mental and financial strains of student loans and allow them to become full and active participants in the American economy.
Strengthening Public Education
As the son of a public school teacher and a graduate of Hershey High School, I understand that an investment in America’s future is synonymous with an investment in America’s public schools. It is the teachers who are the hope of the nation.
As your representative in Congress, I will do my best to ensure that all Pennsylvanians have access to a first-class public education. Bright young minds should be incentivized to join the teaching profession through higher salaries and student loan forgiveness. Securing robust funding must be a top priority. And we must reform our federal education programs by relying upon the ideas and concerns of those who know best––teachers, parents, students, and administrators.