UPDATE: Wis. committee to weigh in on proposed UW funding

UPDATE, Thursday May 23, 2013 -- 5:45 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee is expected to approve Gov. Scott Walker's plan to freeze University of Wisconsin System tuition for two years and slash a planned spending increase for system schools.

The committee is meeting Thursday in Madison.

Republicans are outraged at UW System officials after learning last month the system amassed a $650 million surplus even while raising tuition year after year.

Walker had initially submitted a budget giving UW an additional $181 million. But last week he revised the budget to cut that increase by more than half.

UW System President Kevin Reilly says UW tuition is already lower than many peer colleges and universities, but he agrees a two-year tuition freeze will send the right message to Wisconsin students and families.

Copyright 2013 :Associated Press

Posted Wednesday, May 15, 2013 --- 5:38 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker has submitted a revised budget for the University of Wisconsin System that officially calls for freezing tuition over the next two years and additional spending cuts in light of news the university has a $650 million surplus.

The change in Walker's budget proposal was outlined Wednesday in a letter from the governor's Department of Administration to the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee.

The letter says the net effect of the changes Walker is proposing will lower the university's reserve fund by $136 million.

Walker had originally given UW System a $181 million funding increase over the next two years. But Wednesday's letter indicates that increase will be cut to about $87 million.

Copyright 2013: Associated Press

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