Panel scraps tech college tuition freeze

MADISON, Wis. (AP) --The Legislature's budget committee has dumped Gov. Scott Walker's plan to freeze technical college tuition.

Walker's 2017-19 state budget called for freezing resident tuition at 2016-17 levels and handing the technical college system an additional $5 million in state aid annually to offset the lost revenue.

The Joint Finance Committee voted Thursday to remove the freeze from the budget and bolster grants for technical college students by $2.5 million annually.

Republican Rep. John Nygren, a committee co-chair, told reporters before the committee convened that technical college tuition is already a good bargain and freezing tuition would require more tax dollars to offset revenue loss.

Committee Republicans killed a motion from Democrats to eliminate technical college tuition completely. That move would have cost the state $555 million. Republican Rep. Mary Felzkowski called the idea ridiculous. She said nothing is free.

Copyright 2017: Associated Press

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget committee plans to scrap Gov. Scott Walker's plan to freeze technical college tuition.

Walker's 2017-19 state budget calls for freezing resident tuition at 2016-17 levels and handing the technical college system an additional $5 million in state aid to offset the lost revenue.

The Joint Finance Committee's Republican co-chairs, Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling, told reporters Thursday the panel will remove the freeze from the budget but bolster financial aid for technical college students by $2.5 million per year.

Nygren says technical college tuition is already a good bargain and freezing tuition would require more tax dollars to offset the revenue loss.

Copyright 2017: Associated Press