Gov. Walker Greeted With Mixed Reaction at UWS

By KBJR News 1

June 6, 2013 Updated Jun 6, 2013 at 8:17 PM CST

Superior, WI (NNCNOW.com)-- Students in the University of Wisconsin system could be getting a big break on tuition. A freeze for the next two years has been penciled into the budget.

"When you talk about a tuition freeze, it's something that both Republican and Democrat lawmakers can support," said Gov. Scott Walker, at the University Of Wisconsin-Superior on Thursday.

The bipartisan freeze will keep tuition rates at the University of Wisconsin-Superior steady for two years. A surplus of nearly $650 million in the University of Wisconsin system has Gov. Walker confident in the higher education system going forward.

"We're taking these dollars and investing them in a tuition freeze and it makes for the perfect opportunity to say we're going to make it affordable for students in this state," said Walker.

Students say the potential freeze helps with the burden of high tuition rates.

"It's extremely important not only because I just finished up my bachelor's degree but I'm also a single mom, so obviously the idea of my tuition increasing in a grad program for the next two years really hits home for me," said graduate student at UWS Lindsey Shiff.

Not everybody at UWS was happy with the Governor's visit, mainly those representing student government. They say while there is some short term benefit to a tuition freeze, there are still parts of the Governor's budget that will hurt this school.

"When it comes from the state legislature, that they will tell us that we can't do our job, we're going to have a mess on our hands," said UWS Student Body President Graham Garfield.

Leaders of UWS's student government say a freeze on segregated fees and the elimination of funding for the United Council of UW-Students will hurt student government and activities.

"If a new student organization were to pop up, and they wanted a new club, we might not necessarily have the funding for them," said student body Vice President Kara Schmidt.

Gov. Walker did say he would consider their concerns going forward. The governor has the option of line item vetoing in the budget.

The budget needs to be finalized by July 1st.

Zach Vavricka

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