(Madison, WI) -- Minority Democrats have tried and failed to have free technical college tuition in the next state budget.
Majority Republicans on the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee threw out the idea Thursday, saying those who want higher education degrees should invest in it. Free tuition at Wisconsin's 16 technical schools was estimated to cost 555-million dollars for the next two years -- and Democrats said it would help the economy and address shortages of skilled workers. G-O-P Representative Dale Kooyenga of Brookfield says the Democrats' plan would have made it easier for people to delay adulthood -- and he said he had to work several jobs to go to a two year tech school. The finance panel did not vote on adding the governor's plan for a tuition freeze for tech colleges to the budget.