Bill would allow UW to increase tuition up to inflation

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The University of Wisconsin would be able to increase tuition no greater than the rate of inflation under a bill being proposed in the state Legislature by the chairman of the Assembly's higher education committee.

The proposal envisions a time without a tuition freeze that's been in place for six years and will run for at least two more.

The Wisconsin State Journal reports Wednesday that Republican Rep. Dave Murphy plans to introduce a bill that would allow the UW Board of Regents to raise tuition by the consumer price index increase each year. It would also lock tuition at the same rate a student pays their first year over the next three.

Republican state Sen. Andre Jacque is also behind the bill, which wouldn't take effect until the 2021 school year at the earliest.