Budget Listening Session at UWGB
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CREATED May. 3, 2013
Legislators and students at uwgb speaking their mind. After an announcement that a 650-million dollar surplus and tuition rates in the u-w system could grow even more. Now the governor is looking to freeze tuition.
And State Representatives are taking the opinions of students and teachers into consideration first.
State Representatives found today's meeting to be much different. Students at previous meetings have shown support for a tuition freeze. However at todays session they were against it.
It's a question for all students in the UW system and Clint Berge wants an answer.
"What are they doing with it and why do our rates continue to go up," says Berge.
But today's listening session at UWGB was a little different.
"Schools pretty affordable to begin with."
Heba Mohammad wants that surplus to be used to improve the schools resources.
"We need money and if we can't rely on the legislature to give us that money, i think it's a little ridiculous and sort of irresponsible to say that we're just going to stop with the tuition," says Mohammad.
Teachers got into the discussion proposing the university system take a look at a pay plan for them as well.
"We have not received a cost of living increase or much of a raise in a very very long time," says Professor Derek Jeffreys.
State representatives while somewhat puzzled by some responses, we're open to all suggestions.
"It's not about that they have a surplus, it's about what's the appropriate level and that's what the discussion has to be around," says State Representative John Klenke.
Mohammad says she is worried a freeze may impact the school after 2015.
"We expect them to be responsible with the money that we give them no matter how much that is."
But State Representatives say it's time to solve the issue now.
State Representatives expect to receive a recommendation from Governor Walker on the state budget at some point early next week.