(AP) — The chairman of the Kentucky Senate Republican Caucus wants to freeze tuition and fees at state universities for the next four years.
Sen. Dan Seum of Louisville says it "borders on criminal" how much universities have increased tuition in the past eight years. His bill would not allow universities to increase tuition or fees for the next four years. After that, the state legislature would have to approve any increase.
State lawmakers have cut the higher education budget by 15 percent since 2008, or $165 million. Seum says Kentucky universities have increased tuition 55 percent during that same time period, citing figures from the Legislative Research Commission.
The Council on Postsecondary Education reviews all tuition increases. Spokeswoman Sue Patrick said she could not comment until she has read Seum's bill.