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MADISON (WKOW) -- Republican State Senator Steve Nass is calling for some changes in Governor Scott Walker's budget plan for the University of Wisconsin System, including tuition caps.

Gov. Walker has said he will propose slashing the system's budget by $300 million over the two-year budget, freezing in-state tuition for another two years and decoupling the system from state oversight. The Legislature could spend months revising the governor's proposal before the Senate and Assembly vote on it.

Sen. Nass, of Whitewater, has been a tough critic of the university and is vice-chair of the Senate's universities committee. After the governor's announcement, Sen. Nass warned the plan would allow regents to raise tuition at will starting in 2017.

On Thursday, Nass called for shortening regent appointments from seven years to three, saying the move would improve accountability. He also wants to cap tuition increases at the rate of inflation.

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