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January 30, 2013

MADISON, WI — The Associated Students of Madison’s Legislative Affairs Committee and the United Council of UW Students met today to discuss the timeline of the State Biennial Budget, and efforts that the organizations will use to lobby on behalf of lowering tuition. United Council Vice President Beth Huang spoke to the committee, explaining the efforts UC has already made on behalf of the campaign.


United Council and ASM will be working together closely to lobby on behalf of students for the biennial state budget. Both organizations are dedicated to closing the loophole that has allowed state tuition to rise 5.5% for the last six years, and aim to create an airtight tuition cap. The State Budget must be introduced by February 20, 2013, giving UC and ASM a strict timeline.


United Council has already organized a Lobby Convention the weekend of February 23 to help students understand the issues at hand, how the Biennial Budget affects students, allow students to receive lobby trainings by registered lobbyists, and also provide strategy sessions. On Monday, February 25, students will attend a press conference and go on lobby visits.  UC has also organized a statewide calling day for students to call representatives to tell their story, and express their concerns about tuition hikes and the state budget.


United Council Vice President Beth Huang expressed the importance for “students to tell their stories to legislators about why UW System matters so much” and about “what their education means to them”.


Legislative Affairs Committee will continue lobbying on behalf of lowering tuition, and also resume the discussion at their next meeting on Monday, February 4 at 7PM in the Caucus room on the 4th floor of the SAC.



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