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Democratic Gubernatorial Hopeful Kathleen Vinehout Backs Free Tuition At 2-Year And Tech Colleges

Kathleen Vinehout

We conclude our conversations with the candidates in the Democratic gubernatorial primary. Our final talk is with Kathleen Vinehout of northern Wisconsin. She's currently serving her third term in the state Senate.  She's also been a farmer and a teacher.

Marti Mikkelson spoke with Vinehout in the WUWM studios.

Why are you running for governor?

Vinehout: I'm running to put people first, people at the center of state policy and people number one when it comes to writing the state budget.

What are the top three issues facing Wisconsinites and how do you plan to address them?

Vinehout: 1. Health care — We need to create our own Wisconsin-based marketplace that would lower the cost for small businesses.

2. Public schools — We need to change the way we fund schools and in my first state budget, I would phase out the school voucher program.  

3. Jobs — Wisconsin has a wage problem and education is an important step toward improving wages and that's why I would offer free tuition for two-year and technical colleges.  

How do you differentiate yourself from the other candidates?

Vinehout: I have won three times in a district where Governor Walker won three times and where Donald Trump won in 2016.

In what areas do you think you're vulnerable?

Vinehout: I'm very bad at sound bites!

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.
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