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Committee puts off votes on UW budget Submitted: 05/23/2017
MADISON - The Legislature's budget committee has decided to put off votes on the University of Wisconsin System budget because Senate Republicans can't agree on what to do about tuition rates.

Gov. Scott Walker's budget calls for cutting tuition by 5 percent and giving the system $35 million to offset the lost revenue. It also would give the system $42.5 million in additional state aid. Campuses that do better on new performance standards would get bigger chunks of the funding.

The Joint Finance Committee was scheduled to vote on the proposals Tuesday. The panel's co-chairs, Rep. John Nygren and Sen. Alberta Darling, told reporters moments before the panel met that it would not take up the UW budget after all.

Nygren said Assembly Republicans wants to continue a tuition freeze rather than cut rates and use the $35 million for other purposes. Darling said Senate Republicans are still debating what to do with tuition. But she said they agreed the system would not see a reduction in state aid.

It's unclear when the committee may return to the UW System budget. It must address the system's spending plan before it can send the budget to the full Legislature for votes.

Story By: Associated Press

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