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UW Board of Regents aims to repair relationship with lawmakers

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MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - The University of Wisconsin’s policy setting body wants to re-build its relationship with state legislators.

The Board of Regents plans to meet on Thursday with lawmakers from both parties, in the hopes of patching things up.

Legislators were upset earlier this year, when they learned that UW campuses were sitting on at least $650 million in reserves while making students pay 5.5 percent more each year in tuition.

Republicans responded by freezing the university’s tuition levels for the first time since the UW-Wisconsin State merger in the early 1970’s.

GOP Assembly Speaker Robin Vos of Racine County will attend Thursday’s Regents’ meeting along with Republican Representative Pat Strachota of West Bend, Senate Finance chair Alberta Darling of River Hills, Senate Republican Sheila Harsdorf of River Falls, and Assembly Democrat Jill Billings of La Crosse.