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August Requests Tuition Freeze, More Oversight of UW System



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May 10, 2013 | 09:00 AM
The following is a press release from Rep. Tyler August.

MADISON - State Representative Tyler August (R-Lake Geneva) voiced his concern today over a report from the non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau (LFB), which revealed the UW System has been accruing an unnecessary surplus of nearly $650 million. Representative August, Chairman of the Assembly Government Operations Committee, expressed frustration with the findings, especially due to the fact the UW System has consistently increased tuition in recent years.

"It is extremely upsetting to see tuition skyrocket over the past few years, and then learn the UW System already had ample funding and the tuition hikes were unnecessary," said August. "Our students, families, and taxpayers demand an explanation and more accountability."

August said he is joining Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater) both in introducing a budget amendment to freeze resident undergraduate tuition for four years and to call upon the UW Board of Regents to fire President Kevin Reilly.

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"It is unacceptable that students and families have been stuck with an unjustified tuition increase of 16.5% over the past three years," explained August. "Therefore, I will fight for implementing a tuition freeze moving forward."

In addition to freezing tuition, August expressed the need for closer oversight of the UW

System. He noted that the discovery of the massive surplus should lead the legislature to reconsider the request in Governor Walker's budget of a $181 million increase for the UW System.

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