Walker proposes capping UW System tuition increases

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker wants to cap the University of Wisconsin System's ability to raise tuition if they decouple from state oversight.

Walker's budget calls for cutting $300 million from the system and extending a freeze on resident undergraduate tuition to July 1, 2017. In exchange the system would be free of state oversight starting in July 2016.

The plan has left students and legislators worried that the Board of Regents could dramatically increase tuition when the freeze ends.

Walker's administration sent a letter to the leaders of the Legislature's finance committee on Monday saying the governor was modifying his proposal to limit post-freeze tuition increases to the rate of inflation. Walker has hinted since February he may impose tuition caps.

A system spokesman had no immediate comment.

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