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UW System surplus plan to be considered Tuesday by JFC

MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The UW's game plan to prevent future hidden surpluses will be considered by state lawmakers on Tuesday.  

The Joint Finance Committee will take up a plan endorsed last month by the university's Board of Regents. It comes in response to what happened a year ago, when we learned that UW campuses held onto millions of dollars of reserves at a time when students were paying maximum tuition increases year after year.  

Under the new plan, campuses would finish each fiscal year with enough cash to cover ten percent of their annual expenses. If they have more than 15 percent, they would need approval from the Regents to keep it.  

If they don't hit 10 percent, they cannot use that as an excuse to jack up tuition.  

The proposed new policy was ordered by the governor and Legislature a year ago as part of the state budget.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)