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This Year’s Regents Tuition Increases: 1.2 to 7.8 Percent

The Tennessee Board of Regents is considering tuition increases ranging from 1.2 to 7.8 percent for students at Regents-governed colleges and universities this fall, reports The Commercial Appeal.
Those rates were presented by TBR staff as the starting point for discussion by the Board’s Finance and Business Operations Committee last week. The staff will develop its formal recommendations for presentation to the committee on Tuesday. The full Board of Regents meets June 21 to approve tuition and fee increases — usually at the rate the committee recommends.
But if those rates are ultimately approved, it would mean a $419 increase per academic year for a University of Memphis student taking 15 hours and $136 per year for a student at Southwest. U of M students taking 15 hours currently pay $8,234 in tuition and mandatory fees for two semesters and would pay $8,653, excluding residence halls and meal plans. Annual tuition and mandatory fees for a Southwest student taking 15 hours are $3,717 and would rise to $3,853. (Note: The U of M increase would be 5.1 percent.)
The U of M has the highest tuition and mandatory fees (fees that all full-time students must pay) of any of the six Regents-governed universities. The second highest is Middle Tennessee State University at $7,492 per academic year.
However, those rates are lower than the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, where tuition and mandatory fees totaled $9,092 during the 2012-13 academic year. The UT Board of Trustees meets June 19-20 to set tuition and fees for its campuses.
;;;The committee discussed tuition and fee increases at the other five universities: Austin Peay State University, 3.3 percent; East Tennessee State, 7.8 percent; MTSU, 4.8 percent, Tennessee State, 1.2 percent and Tennessee Technological University, 5.6 percent.
Increases discussed at the 13 community colleges were 3.7 to 3.8 percent.
The committee also discussed, but did not act on, a possible tuition increase of 0.8 percent for community college students to pay for a $2 million comprehensive marketing initiative for the two-year schools

Legislators Abhor Fee Increases, Sign Off on Them Anyway

After much grumbling, state legislators on two government oversight committees have reluctantly acquiesced to fee increases that will extract millions of dollars from the Tennessee Valley Authority, dentists, veterinarians and an array of Tennessee businesses.
“We had a choice between bad and worse,” declared Senate Government Operations Committee Chairman Mike Bell, R-Riceville, after his committee and its House counterpart, meeting jointly, more or less signed off Wednesday on the fee increases.
He and other members of the panels also said they are looking for ways to give the committees more teeth and to hold government departments, boards and commissions more accountable.
“This is a place to fuss,” said House Republican Caucus Chairman Glen Casada, R-Franklin, speaking of last week’s special meeting for consideration of rules proposed by various state entities.

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Black Campaign: Lou Ann Zelenik ‘Crazy If She Thinks’ Tax Hikes Ignored

News release from Diane Black campaign:
GALLATIN, TN — With only 15 days until the primary election, Lou Ann Zelenik is trailing badly in the polls, fundraising and grassroots support. As her desperation grows so do the false negative attacks on Black. Perhaps the increase in false attacks is Zelenik’s attempt to divert scrutiny from her own record of supporting tax increases.
“While Diane Black and her fellow conservatives are waging a battle to stop President Obama from raising taxes on all Americans and pushing our economy over a cliff; at home in Tennessee Lou Ann Zelenik is waging her own war in false attacks on Diane Black to divert attention from the fact that she has a record of supporting tax increases,” said Black spokesman Jennifer Baker. “One thing is certain Lou Ann Zelenik is crazy if she thinks people will ignore her record of supporting tax increases. She’s definitely not as conservative as she would like people to believe.”
Zelenik who has run for office three previous times has a shameful record as a career politician. She ran for State Senate and failed. She then ran for County Chairman and won, only to support tax increases during her tenure. Zelenik then ran for Congress and lost. Zelenik’s last failed campaign for Congress was one of the dirtiest campaigns in Tennessee history. The attacks she launched on her opponent, Diane Black, were so false that Zelenik’s advertising team settled out of court; paying a monetary settlement and admitting that the negative attack ads they produced for Lou Ann Zelenick had no factual basis and they had no knowledge of any unethical behavior.
“Lou Ann’s Zelenik’s record as a career politician is shameful. Not only does Zelenik have a record of supporting tax increases; she is a two time loser who has stooped so low in the lies that she spreads about her opponents that her campaign team was forced to settle out of court and admit that the attacks were baseless and to their knowledge false.
Lou Ann Zelenik Defended Property Tax Increases In Rutherford County:
Lou Ann Zelenik Publicly Supported Property Tax Increase In Rutherford County. “Although the mayor has called for freezing open government jobs and pay raises and streamlining health insurance costs, Burgess recommended a 6.8 percent property tax increase this year at a time when sales and development taxes are down and rainy-day funds are down to minimum levels. The County Commission approved a 17.5-cent increase for a new property tax rate of $2.735 per $100 of assessed value. Zelenik, though, said Burgess made the right decisions.” (“Ballot battles already forming,” The Daily News Journal, 7/20/09)
Zelenik Defended Tax Increases As “Difficult Choices.” “Zelenik said Burgess has faced funding issues for a growing county, especially to pay for school construction. ‘He’s been put in a position of trying to respond to the needs of the students and the needs of the taxpayers, and sometimes difficult choices have to be made,’ she said.” (“Ballot battles already forming,” The Daily News Journal, 7/20/09)

Regents Tuition Increases 8.8 to 11 Percent

Students at Tennessee Board of Regents schools can expecttuition increases between 8.8 percent and 11 percent this fall, reports the Tennessean. Faculty and staff at those schools, meanwhile, could be getting their first raise in four years.
The board’s finance committee met Monday to finalize proposed tuition increases for the 2011-12 school year. The increases, which will go into effect this fall, will offset another round of state budget cuts to higher education, as well as the cost of a proposed 3 percent salary increase for faculty and staff in the TBR system.
“None of us wants to raise student tuition,” said Regent Barry Gidcomb, a history professor at Columbia State Community College and faculty representative to the board. “It appears, with the level of state funding available, we had no other choice.” Since 2008, the state has cut its higher education budget by 40 percent — including an additional 2 percent this year.
Those cuts were partially offset by federal stimulus funds, which run out this year. Increases vary by school The tuition increases vary from school to school:

See also Chattanooga Times-Free Press and the Commercial Appeal, which have stories focusing on tuition increases at universities in the newspapers home areas.