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Gov. Walker Touts Tuition Freeze; Some Students Not Sold
Thursday, June 6, 2013
FOX 21 News, KQDS-DT
SUPERIOR - A proposed budget in the Wisconsin legislature could help college students save money. But it is a plan that some UW-Superior student leaders were not too excited about as Gov. Scott Walker visited the campus Thursday.
On his tour to several state colleges, Walker visited UWS to tout his proposed budget that would include a tuition freeze for UW schools for at least the next two years.
"This is pretty important,” Walker said. “This is important for the students here, it's important for the families who support students here and it’s important for the state as a whole."
And while many students were on board with the tuition freeze, others, including student body president Graham Garfield were not sold.
"It's an interference that makes no sense essentially," Garfield said.
Garfield says that under the proposed budget, changes would be made to two important student fees.
One of those measures deals with campus activities and student life.
The other funds the United Council, a student advocacy group which also provides a lobbyist at the state Capitol.Garfield says that under the current budget, that group would cease to exist.
"Without this organization the institutional memory is lost for student government and there's nobody to come back and remind student government when their rights are being taken away," Garfield said.
But Gov. Walker says the proposal is not a done deal yet.
"Certainly that’s something we'll look at,” Walker said. “We haven't made commitments on vetoes or non–vetoes on any item and won't until the full Assembly and full Senate take a review on that."
But Garfield is not getting is hopes up that the proposal will change, although he sees them as a crucial part of the budget for students.
"I would be very surprised if Governor Walker were to line item veto anything relating to what we've asked him to today,” Garfield said. “It's a small part of a big budget that looks student friendly on the outside and should be terrifying to students on the inside when you consider those provisions."