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Republican Senate leader wants to cut UW funding

MADISON (WKOW) -- The Republican leaders of the Legislature's powerful budget committee aren't saying whether they agree with scaling back money for the University of Wisconsin System. 

Republicans are outraged over a memo that shows the system has built a $648 million surplus, including $414 million in tuition dollars, while raising tuition rates. 

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald on Thursday said he doesn't think the system should get a $181 million spending increase Gov. Scott Walker has pledged in his executive budget. 

The budget committee's leaders, Sen. Alberta Darling and Rep. John Nygren, wouldn't say Thursday whether they believe the system's funding should be reduced. Darling says that's a question for another day. 

Nygren promised not to draw money out of the reserves to fund other state projects. 

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