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UW tuition increases, raise request get regents OK

University of Wisconsin System officials have approved raising tuition for out-of-state, graduate and professional school students by hundreds of dollars at more than a half-dozen campuses as they grapple with a Republican-imposed freeze on in-state undergraduate tuition.

The plan calls for increases at UW-Eau Clare, UW-Green Bay, UW-La Crosse, UW-Madison, UW-Milwaukee, UW-Stout and all the system’s two-year institutions beginning next fall.

The increases range from several hundred dollars to thousands of dollars for professional schools at UW-Madison, the system’s flagship campus.

That school’s plan includes raising nonresident undergraduate tuition by $4,000 to $35,523 per year. Increases at the school’s professional schools are even steeper. A master’s degree in global real estate will now cost $43,387 per year, an increase of $11,116. One year of medical school will now cost $46,387 for nonresidents, an increase of $7,751. Wisconsin residents will now have to pay $34,478 annually for medical school, an increase of $5,828.

The campuses and system leaders contend they need the extra money in the face of the resident undergraduate freeze, which entered its fourth year this fall and a $250 million cut Republicans imposed on the system in the current state budget.

They also maintain the increases would bring nonresident rates more in line with peer institutions and dollars generated by the graduate increases will stay in those programs.

The plan represents a third round of nonresident and graduate tuition increases at La Crosse, Milwaukee and Stout and the second at UW-Madison since 2015.

The Board of Regents approved the increases on a voice vote.

Discussion lasted less than 15 minutes. Regents Bryan Steil and James Langnes, a UW-Whitewater student, were the only dissenters. Steil said the increases were “too much, too fast.”

System President Ray Cross and regents President Regina Millner countered that the increases represent an investment in the system’s future and UW-Madison’s professional schools are the only such public schools in the state and are crucial to providing doctors, veterinarians and lawyers for Wisconsin.

Raising nonresident and graduate tuition risks alienating those students and losing them to other schools. But system officials said in a memo to regents that schools aren’t concerned about losing those students because the rates are still competitive with peer institutions. A preliminary system report shows the overall number of nonresident freshmen fall enrollments has increased since the 2013-14 academic year.

The regents this fall approved a separate plan to keep undergraduate resident tuition flat for 2017-18 and raise it by no more than the rate of inflation the following year if Republicans lift the freeze. GOP Gov. Scott Walker has said he wants to continue the freeze for at least one more year but hasn’t committed beyond that.

Vote for employee raises

The regents also unanimously approved seeking an additional $78 million from the Legislature to bulk up employee raises over the next two years.

System leaders argued in a memo to the board that other public universities’ salary increases have been outstripping the UW System. UW-Madison’s faculty salaries, for example, were 18 percent lower than peer faculty elsewhere after adjustments for geographic costs of living in fiscal year 2014-15, the memo said.

The vote sends the request to the Legislature’s employment relations committee.

The request comes on top of the system’s request for an additional $42.5 million in state aid in the next state budget.

Scott Walker has raised over $5M this year, 90 percent of it from out of state, for his state political committee

An investigation by the Wisconsin Democracy Campaign found that $9 out of every $10 in individual contributions that Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s state campaign committee raised during the first half of 2015 came from outside the state, a Wisconsin Democracy Campaign review found.

A campaign finance report filed Monday by the governor’s state campaign committee, Friends of Scott Walker, showed the committee raised a total of nearly $5.6 million from individuals between January and June 2015. Nearly $4.8 million, or 87 percent, of his individual contributions came from outside Wisconsin. About $74,000 in individual contributions were anonymous, unitemized, or had no state or zip code.

Walker, who was reelected last year to a second, four-year term, announced last week he would run for president. The governor cannot use money raised by his state campaign to run for federal office.

Walker has received millions of dollars in out-of-state contributions since the 2011 and 2012 recall races spurred by his successful effort to slash public employee collective bargaining rights. Campaign finance reports in recent years have generally showed Walker accepted between half and two-thirds of his individual contributions from outside Wisconsin.

Fourteen of the 17 donors who gave the legal limit of $10,000 (or more) to the governor’s state campaign between January and June 2015 were from outside Wisconsin. Some of those out-of-state donors were:

  • Dick J. Randall, a retired Cupertino, Calif., building contractor, $12,200;
  • Grace Evenstad, of Naples, Fla., $10,000. Evenstad is identified in Walker’s report as a self-employed consultant who works in Dayton, Ore. Online information shows Evenstad and her husband own Domaine Serene Vineyards and Winery in Oregon;
  • John Flatley, of Milton, Mass., $10,000. Walker’s report identified Flatley’s occupation and employer as “management” and “self.” Online records and the personal and employer addresses listed in Walker’s report show Flatley is a Massachusetts real estate developer who owns the John Flatley Co.;
  • Gerald I. Flynn, of Los Angeles, Calif., president of Transportation Commodities Inc., in Commerce, Calif., $10,000;
  • Klaus Heidegger, of Chatsworth, Calif., $10,000. Walker’s report identifies Heidegger as owner of Monarch Inc. in Ridgecrest, Calif. However, online records identify Monarch’s owner as Eileen Shibley, and that Heidegger has been associated with five companies, but not Monarch, Inc.;
  • Wayne Laufer, of Sanibel, Fla., a retired oil company executive and engineer, $10,000;
  • Gerald Marcil, a real estate developer in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., $10,000;
  • Dennis Troesh, of Henderson, Nev., $10,000. Troesh is identified in Walker’s report as a retiree. Online records matched with the personal address listed for Troesh in Walker’s report show he is a manager or officer for at CTTG Holdings and JABC Holdings.

Total individual contributions to Walker exceeded $100,000 in 15 states. Topping the list of out-of-state individual contributions to Walker during the first six months of 2015 were: California, $648,884; Florida, $479,008; Texas, $385,778; Illinois, $262,717, and New York, $182,624.

Oregon will recognize out-of-state gay marriages

The state of Oregon will recognize the marriages of same-sex couples who wed out of state.

The announcement was made in a memo from Oregon Chief Operating Officer Michael Jordan based on his review of an opinion from the state Department of Justice, according to the Willamette Week newspaper.

Jordan said, “Oregon agencies must recognize all out-of-state marriages for the purposes of administering state programs. That includes legal, same-sex marriages performed in other states and countries.”

The DOJ opinion does not deal with the legality of same-sex couples marrying in Oregon.

Gay couples can marry in neighboring states of California and Washington, 11 other states and the District of Columbia.

On Oct. 16, two same-sex couples sued for marriage rights in the state.

GOP chief wants to block gay marriage opinion

The GOP leader in Maryland’s House of Delegates wants state lawmakers to pass legislation that would invalidate a recent Maryland Attorney General opinion on gay marriage.

Attorney General Doug Gansler said last month that state agencies must now recognize out-of-state gay marriages until the legislature or courts decide otherwise.

Same sex marriage is legal in Connecticut, Iowa, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C. and Vermont.