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University of Wisconsin President Says GOP Told Him No Tuition Increase

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University of Wisconsin System President Tommy Thompson says Republican legislative leaders warned him not to include any tuition increases in the system's budget request, or the spending plan would go nowhere.

Thompson spoke Monday at a panel discussion hosted by the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

The panel focused on lagging state support for the system.

Thompson was asked whether it was time to consider ending an eight-year freeze on in-state undergraduate tuition.

He said Republicans told him if he asked for a tuition increase the system's budget wouldn't go anywhere.

The system wants a nearly $100 million boost in state aid in the 2021-23 state budget but hasn't asked to lift the tuition freeze.