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Budget panel rejects Walker tuition cut, maintains freeze

The Legislature's budget-writing committee rejected Gov. Scott Walker's proposed University of Wisconsin System tuition cut Thursday, choosing instead to keep rates frozen for another two years.

The Joint Finance Committee also reduced the funding increase Walker proposed for UW from $42 million to about $36 million.

The budget committee is working to revise Walker's two-year spending plan before forwarding it on to the full Senate and Assembly for passage later this summer. The committee's actions are crucial, as neither chamber typically makes significant changes to the budget once it reaches them.

Walker tried to cast the defeat on the tuition cut as a win,...