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UPDATE: Lawmaker: Regents need to be tax watchdogs

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The leader of the Wisconsin Assembly says University of Wisconsin System regents need to protect taxpayers' money.

Rep. Robin Vos, a Burlington Republican, was part of a panel of legislators and system officials that gathered to discuss how to improve relationships between lawmakers and the system as the regents begin to search for a new system president.

Vos said the regents need to be less of a cheerleader for the system and more of a watchdog for taxpayers, saying too many students are taking too long to graduate and are running up tremendous debt.

Republicans have heaped criticism on the system after news broke earlier this spring that UW had built a $650 million budget surplus that included $414 million in tuition. President Kevin Reilly announced his resignation in July.

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MADISON (WKOW) – UW System Regents will meet with lawmakers on Thursday to discuss the system's multi-million dollar reserve.

A number of legislators have been clashing with UW Regents since learning the system had a large $650 million reserve, but they were still increasing tuition.

The meeting on campus on Thursday is described as a "frank talk" to improve collaboration.

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senators Alberta Darling and Shiela Harsdorf are among those attending.

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