Regents hammer AG for nothing-burger lawsuit

By Ann Ryman | Arizona Republic

Lawsuit says the increases violate the Arizona Constitution, which states that university instruction shall be furnished ‘as nearly free as possible.’

Arizona Board of Regents Chairman Bill Ridenour said the state’s legal challenge to college tuition increases is “full of attacks, but offers no constructive remedies.”

Ridenour, in a statement released Monday, said Attorney General Mark Brnovich’s lawsuit “makes for good headlines” but does nothing to change the financial burden for students and their families.

Regents instead blame a “massive defunding of public higher education” for the rising cost of college and said the solution will not be found at the courthouse.

Ridenour said the regents first learned of the lawsuit through the media.

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