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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

March 17, 2014


1. President sends budget to Congress to begin the 2015 Budgeting Process

President Obama sent his FY 2015 Budget request to Congress on March 4. Highlights of the budget request include student financial aid and tax provisions.

Within the student aid budget proposal, a total of $29 billion is allocated to fully fund the scheduled $100 increase to the Pell Grant maximum of $5,830 and fund other programs. Additional student aid program funding includes $7 billion over ten years for the College Opportunity and Graduation Bonus and a $10 million allocation to develop and refine the College Rating System.

The tax provisions within the 2015 budget request include a 28% cap on all deductions, including charitable donations. The budget will also allow tax-free loan forgiveness on the income-based repayment of student loans after 10 years of repayment, which would eliminate taxes on the forgiven loan amount.

For more information on President Obama's 2015 budget proposal, see NAICU's Washington Update, from March 7, 2014.

The Committee on Budget, co-chaired by Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan, will review the budget proposal, once it is scored by the Congressional Budget Office. NAICU's Congressional Outlook for FY 2015 Budget synopsis provides additional information on the committee's next steps.

Regardless of whether or not the president's budget is adopted, his proposals will help to shape the ongoing debate in Congress related to the Reauthorization of the Higher Education Act.


2. Highlighting our Partnerships

Marquette University is a member of the Ad Hoc Tax Group, an informal group of universities and higher education associations that have a particular interest in federal tax policy and its impact on the higher-education community.

The Ad Hoc Tax Group is led by two co-chairs, one from a public institution and one from a private institution. The current co-chairs are from the University of Texas at Austin and New York University.

Marquette University's membership in the Ad Hoc Tax Group via the Office of Public Affairs is an invaluable resource related to complex federal tax issues.

3. News Updates about our Neighborhood

Marquette University is located in the Westown, Avenues West and Menomonee Valley neighborhoods. The Office of Public Affairs has an important role in supporting and promoting the development and improvement of our surrounding community.

The following are recent media updates about our neighborhoods:

Milwaukee OKs money for North End riverwalk, dockwall work - The Business Journal, March 4, 2014

Bikeshare gears up to roll into three Milwaukee suburbs - The Business Journal, March 5, 2014

DNC's extensive requirements would have put strain on Milwaukee in 2016 - The Business Journal, March 6, 2014

Alderman Davis is thinking of running for mayor
- Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 6, 2014

State, local officials prepare businesses for Zoo Interchange work - The Business Journal, March 7, 2014

About 1,200 tickets remain for March Madness in Milwaukee - The Business Journal, March 10, 2014

Couture bill passes Wisconsin Senate on 25-8 vote - The Business Journal, March 11, 2014

ManpowerGroup: Jobs outlook for metro Milwaukee heats up, among strongest in nation - The Business Journal, March 11, 2014

H2OScore founder expands utility monitoring application - The Business Journal, March 11, 2014

Larger turnout, SaveOurBucks, attend cultural task force session - The Business Journal, March 12, 2014

Women in Manufacturing chapter starting up in Milwaukee - The Business Journal, March 12, 2014

HUD letter, citing conflict, disqualifies Willie Hines from new job - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 12, 2014

Stadium tax extension sideswipes arena funding option - The Business Journal, March 13, 2014

4. News Updates on Government Relations

The Office of Public Affairs monitors discussions relevant to higher education and the Marquette community within both the Wisconsin State Legislature and United States Congress.

The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:

Student Loans Entice Borrowers More for Cash than a Degree - The Wall Street Journal, March 2, 2014

Taxing the Economic Engine: Higher Education v. 'The Town' - Huffington Post, March 3, 2014

Wisconsin bill that could target Common Core standards set for debate - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, March 4, 2014

2015 Budget: White House Proposes Broader Debt Forgiveness for Students - The Wall Street Journal, March 4, 2014

Obama's Budget Proposes Incentives for Student Success- The Chronicle of Higher Education, March 5, 2014

College Board Shakes up SAT
- The Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2014

Cash is Still King - Inside Higher Ed, March 6, 2014

Camp Suggests Separating Tax Change from Revamp - Bloomberg, March 6, 2014

New White House Task Force and Negotiated Rulemaking Group Focus on Campus Sexual Assault Policies - NAICU, March 7, 2014

NAICU Comments on IRS Regulations - NAICU, March 7, 2014

Susan Teerink selected as the WASFAA President - WASFAA, March 12, 2014

Why We Need College Ratings - Inside Higher Ed, March 13, 2014


Community EVENTS

Menomonee Valley Walking Tours - 1st and 3rd Wednesday per month

Milwaukee County Winter's Farmer Market

Most Saturday's through April 9

Martial Arts with Above the Cloud at the Urban Ecology Center
January 15 - May 28

48th Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
March 15

Avenues West Association Luncheon
March 20

Coverage of Government and Elections in the Age of Digital Media
March 26

"Cultivating Compassion in Daily Life" with Ven. Thubten Chodron
March 26

Women and Ordination in Tibetan Buddhism
March 27

Prospect Avenue Mansions
March 27

$3 TOURS- Captain Pabst's Birthday
March 28

Pabst Trivia Night
March 28

Fifth Annual Health Care Forum - Infant Mortality in the Milwaukee Community
April 7

9th Annual Red Shawl Gala
April 12

YPWeek 2014
April 12-19

More Milwaukee events


Avenues West Association

Les Aspin Center for Government

Submit your idea about Menomonee Valley Planning 2.0

Milwaukee Police Department District 3 Contact Guide

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Office of Public Affairs

Public Policy Forum

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

WisDOT I-94 Corridor Study

University Policy on Federal Government Lobbying


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