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Wis. budget committee votes to slash UW System funding

MADISON, Wis. - A legislative committee has voted to slash the University of Wisconsin System budget, venting its anger after learning the system raised tuition for six straight years even though it's currently sitting on a surplus of $650 million.

The Joint Finance Committee approved the UW budget bill Thursday evening.

The bill eliminates a proposed spending increase of $181 million for the UW System in the upcoming budget, and also cuts a further $2.5 million. It also freezes tuition for two years.

UW System spokesman David Giroux says much of the surplus was already committed to other purposes. He says the system is still evaluating how to deal with the cutback.

Republican Sen. Alberta Darling also called for UW System President Kevin Reilly to be fired.

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