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15th Senate District candidates talk UW
WHITEWATER — Both candidates in the 15th Senate District say they'd limit the powers of the UW System Board of Regents. Both also addressed skyrocketing UW tuition.
Democrat Tim Cullen and Republican Rick Richard squared off in a debate organized by the UW-Whitewater Student Government on Wednesday night before a sparse crowd.
The 15th Senate District includes the Whitewater area and much of Rock County. The current senator, Judy Robson, D-Beloit, is not running for re-election on Nov. 2
Cullen said the Regents have approved tuition hikes of 5.5 percent in each of the past four years at a time when inflation lagged far behind that pace.
Cullen called that unacceptable. He said if the Regents won't do something, the Legislature should.
Cullen proposed a cap on tuition hikes of no more than 2 percent.
Richard said yearly tuition has risen from $1,100 in 1985 to $8,000 this year, but he said that reflects a nationwide trend.
The Regents' unanimous votes to raise tuition smacks of a good-old-boys network, Richard said, and suggests that regents, who are appointed by the governor, are out of touch.
Richard called for shifting power from the Regents to chancellors at the individual campuses so they can find efficiencies and have more of a say in setting tuition.
Richard called the administration-to-student ratio "outrageous."
"That's where all the overhead is coming from, and that's one reason tuition is going up," Richard said.
Cullen said the university system is important, "but it needs to do a better job of living within its means."
Asked about a new law that allows UW faculty to form unions, Richard said that should not have become law. He said the right to unionize should not be given to more public employee groups at a time when public employees are better compensated than their counterparts in the private sector.
Cullen said he didn't know much about the change in the law, but he said he always supports the rights of workers to organize and bargain for wages, as long as those workers are truly workers and not part of management.
A student asked about legalizing marijuana and other drugs.
Cullen said he would agree to medical marijuana for pain relief only under the strict supervision of a doctor.
Richard said it's time to regulate and tax medical marijuana, using other states who do so as models.
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