The Legislature's budget-writing committee is expected to approve Gov. Scott Walker's plan to freeze University of Wisconsin System tuition for two years and slash a planned spending increase for system schools.
The committee is meeting Thursday in Madison.
Republicans are outraged at UW System officials after learning last month the system amassed a $650 million surplus even while raising tuition year after year.
Walker had initially submitted a budget giving UW an additional $181 million. But last week he revised the budget to cut that increase by more than half.
UW System President Kevin Reilly says UW tuition is already lower than many peer colleges and universities, but he agrees a two-year tuition freeze will send the right message to Wisconsin students and families.