FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 16, 2007
Senator Grothman Blasts Wisconsin-Minnesota Tuition Rates
“The Doyle administration should not be spending $12.1 million per year to
encourage Wisconsin students to go to college in Minnesota.”
Madison Today Senator Glenn Grothman (R-West Bend) blasted Governor Doyle’s negotiating team for continuing a policy of paying part of Wisconsin residents’ tuition that go to Minnesota campuses.
Currently, Wisconsin residents pay less in tuition than Minnesota residents who go to the same Minnesota universities. For example, at St. Cloud State University, a Minnesota resident pays in state tuition of $5,160 per year, while at the same campus, a Wisconsin resident pays only $4,652 per year. The $508 difference is picked up by the state of Wisconsin. The total cost of that is $12.1 million a year to Wisconsin taxpayers!
“Wisconsin is broke. Massive new taxes are proposed. Minnesota requests that Wisconsin residents pay tuition at Minnesota rates,” said Senator Grothman, “Amazingly, Team Doyle negotiated a deal to continue the current system of having Wisconsin taxpayers pick up the $12.1 million difference.”
“We are told by the business community that we need more college-educated people in our workforce,” Grothman added. “And yet, the Governor is encouraging the brain drain of Wisconsin students going to Minnesota, and having the Wisconsin taxpayers pay the moving bill.”