Scott Walker proposes 5% tuition cut, $135 million more in funding for University of Wisconsin System

Karen Herzog and Jason Stein:

After extending a tuition freeze into a fifth year for resident undergraduates at University of Wisconsin System campuses, Gov. Scott Walker announced Tuesday that he wants to cut tuition by 5% beginning in fall 2018.

He said he would make up for the lost tuition dollars by giving campuses $35 million from taxpayers.

The GOP governor pitched several initiatives for the UW System as part of his 2017-’19 state budget — costing roughly $100 million beyond the $35 million — during a three-campus sweep Tuesday, starting in La Crosse and continuing in Eau Claire and Green Bay. He didn’t say where the new money would come from — an issue raising questions from lawmakers of both parties.