GOP Senate leader wants to cut UW funding

CREATED Apr 25, 2013

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Republican Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald is breaking with Gov. Scott Walker over funding for the University of Wisconsin System.

Fitzgerald told The Associated Press on Thursday that he doesn't think UW should get a $181 million spending increase over the next two years as Walker has proposed. It was revealed last week that UW has a nearly $650 million surplus.

Fitzgerald was on his way to a meeting with Walker's deputy chief of staff to discuss the issue.

Walker has said he is committed to that spending increase for UW because it helps economic development. But Walker, along with Fitzgerald and a bipartisan group of lawmakers, is calling for a two-year tuition freeze at UW.

Walker plans to revise his budget proposal for UW next week.