… in the Minneapolis Star Tribune notes that the most charitable description of what’s been going on at the clubby University of Minnesota medical school would be “bizarre.”
Thursday, August 9, 2007
Capping Tuition Costs
The Badger Way
Perhaps the University of Minnesota and the state legislature can learn something from our neighbors?
Democrats propose 4 percent tuition cap for UW
Article Last Updated: 08/09/2007 06:46:22 AM CDT
MADISON, Wis. - A day after University of Wisconsin System regents voted to raise tuition by 5.5 percent, Democratic lawmakers backed a Republican idea and proposed a 4 percent tuition increase cap.
The cap and the restoration of $127 million to the UW System budget were proposed at Wednesday's meeting of at a bipartisan committee of lawmakers working on a state budget compromise.
The committee is expected to debate the proposal today.
The tuition cap was part of the Republican-led Assembly's budget but was not included in either Gov. Jim Doyle's budget or the plan passed by the Democratic-controlled budget.
"If there's a complete cap on tuition, then there needs to be a major investment in funding for the university to make up for that," Doyle's spokesman Matt Canter said.
UW System spokesman David Giroux said the proposal was a "good first step toward compromise."
"It was good to hear leaders from both houses say they're ready to work in earnest to craft a good budget for our university and one they could both support," he said.