UW Slush Fund Fallout - Lawmakers, Citizens Irate
As first reported by RightWisconsin on Friday, the UW System has stockpiled a massive slush fund at the same time officials were hiking tuition and pleading poverty.
Reactions came swiftly. The Governor called for a tuition freeze.
It is very concerning to learn the UW System has been running a surplus balance of this size, especially at a time when students, families, and lawmakers have continually heard from the UW System about the need for more money to offset "devastating cuts." At a minimum, on behalf of students and their families, I am asking legislative leaders to freeze tuition increases for two years for the entire UW System during their deliberations on the budget.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos joined me on my show this morning. He was pretty upset, too.
In fact, in this interview, Vos said he's completely reversed his opinion on granting the UW more autonomy.
"I can’t express enough disappointment in the UW System," Vos told me. "The UW system stockpiled money while the rest of state government was cutting back." Click here for the full interview.
Meanwhile, based on callers to my show, and a glimpse of Twitter, you're pretty upset too.
Here's just one example:
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