MADISON, Wis. — The Latest on Gov. Scott Walker's executive budget proposal for the University of Wisconsin System (all times local):
The University of Wisconsin-Madison's student government arm is none too pleased with Gov. Scott Walker's plan to let students opt out of paying certain fees.
UW System students pay fees that support student organizations as well as university operations. Walker announced Tuesday that his executive budget would allow students to opt out of paying fees to organizations, saying the move would give students a say in what they want to support.
Associated Students of Madison, UW-Madison's student government body, collects and divvies out fees to organizations. It also uses fees to buy students bus passes, bring events to campus and fund student radio and a rape crisis center.
ASM issued a statement saying Walker's proposal undermines students' authority to distribute their own fees. ASM said the opt-out could especially hurt the 68 percent of UW-Madison students who rely on bus transportation.
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he's not onboard with Gov. Scott Walker's plans to cut University of Wisconsin System tuition.
Walker released highlights of his executive budget for the system on Tuesday. One of the initiatives calls for cutting tuition by 5 percent in the spending plan's second year and backfilling the lost revenue with a $35 million grant that would be divvied up among schools.
Vos spokeswoman Kit Beyer said in an email to The Associated Press that Vos favors keeping tuition where it is and instead ensuring there's adequate financial aid.
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said Monday that he's not hearing any great excitement for cutting tuition. His spokeswoman didn't immediately respond to an email Tuesday.
The University of Wisconsin System's leader is thanking Gov. Scott Walker for recognizing how important the system is in his executive budget.
UW System President Ray Cross issued a two-paragraph statement Tuesday saying the system appreciates Walker recognizing that the system plays a key role in the state's economy and workforce. He said the budget reflects many of the system's priorities and system leaders look forward to working with Walker and lawmakers in the coming months.
Walker's executive budget calls for cutting tuition by 5 percent, letting students opt out of certain fees and giving the system more than $100 million in new state aid.
Gov. Scott Walker's executive budget would hand the University of Wisconsin System more than $100 million in new state aid.
Walker released highlights of the UW System's portion of his budget Tuesday. The spending plan calls for providing the system $42.5 million that would hinge on schools meeting performance standards and $11.6 million to bolster employee compensation. That's on top of $50 million in new state aid.
The additional money marks an about face for Walker, who proposed cutting the system by $300 million in his 2015-17 executive budget. The Legislature shrank the cut to $250 million but system officials have been struggling to absorb the reduction for the last two years.