With tuition at the University of Connecticut's flagship campus in Storrs approaching $12,000 a year, tuition waivers for dependents of university employees are a pretty sweet perk.
But in the midst of the state budget crisis, Republicans are proposing to do away with the benefit.
"The taxpayers can no longer afford tuition waivers for employees at UConn,’’ Rep. Melissa Ziobron, the ranking Republican on the budget-writing committee and the parent of a UConn student, said during Saturday morning's debate in the House chamber. “We have a lot of talented staff at UConn, but they have very high salaries. … That fringe benefit is the highest in the country.’’