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Republican state senators propose university tuition cuts in Washington

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OLYMPIA, Wash. -

Two Republican senators have announced a plan to cut tuition in the state's public universities and community colleges.

At a news conference Thursday afternoon, Sen. Barbara Bailey, R-Oak Harbor, and John Braun, R-Centralia, said their bill would cap resident undergraduate tuition at a percentage of the average Washington wage. The average wage is $52,635, and their proposed cap for the state's research institutions, University of Washington and Washington State University would drop tuition at each from over $10,000 per year to under $7,500.

Their bill calls for state universities and colleges to get more money from the state budget to offset the $226 million the tuition cuts would take away.

Neither Bailey nor Braun offered specifics about where the money would come from. Lawmakers this session face a projected budget shortfall of more than $2 billion.

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