UW System Position on Bills Introduced in the Legislature During the 2005-2006 Session
(Musser) Wisconsin 2005 Budget Act 25 provided tuition remission for spouses, children, or surviving spouses of veterans who entered the service while a resident of the state and either died while on duty or incurred a service-connected disability rated as 30 percent or more while a resident of the state. The bill removes the requirement that the veteran incurred the service-connected disability while a resident of this state. This bill adds eligibility to spouses, surviving spouses, or children of veterans if the veteran was a resident of the state for at least ten continuous years before the student registers and the veteran had incurred a service-connected disability that is 30 percent or more.
Referred to: Military Affairs
UW System Position
AMEND: This bill should be amended to include a GPR appropriation to replace the estimated lost tuition revenue of over three-quarters of a million dollars. Without the replacement revenue, tuition would increase for other students, or services and teaching for veterans and non-veteran students alike would be reduced. New remissions included in the biennial budget will already reduce revenues by $2-3 million annually.