The head of the University of Wisconsin System said the governor's proposed budget could help lead to the lowest tuition increases in a decade.
Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget calls for more than $181 million in new funding. Speaking to the Legislature's budget committee Thursday, UW System President Kevin Reilly said the proposed level of funding would help keep education affordable and prepare more students for high-skill jobs.
Reilly said $153 million of the total is already committed to expenses such as leases, utilities and costs associated with previously approved construction and renovation projects.
A handful of people attended the budget committee's meeting wearing red T-shirts that read, "Cap Tuition at UW." Walker's budget would lift a tuition cap that currently limits tuition hikes to 5.5 percent, and students have called on legislators to renew the cap.