U-W students who live in Wisconsin could have their tuition frozen for two more years. The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted 12-4 Thursday to drop Governor Scott Walker’s plan to cut the undergraduate tuition by five percent in the fall of 2018, in the second year of the next state budget. All Democrats voted no, saying the continuation of the four-year-old tuition freeze was a budget cut — because the university would not get an extra 19-million dollars to cover inflation. They said the D-O-T was criticized for ignoring inflation in its cost estimates for road projects, and they argued that the U-W should not ignore it, either — but Senate finance chair Alberta Darling says the U-W budget adds 36-million dollars in general state funds, which she called a “huge investment.” Also, the panel okayed 42-million dollars in performance based funding for the university.