Regents to ask court to dismiss case filed by AZ attorney general

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The Arizona Board of Regents will ask the court to dismiss a lawsuit filed by the state attorney general that accuses them of violating the state constitution.

Bill Ridenour, chair of the Arizona Board of Regents, said there is no question the schools are meeting a constitutional requirement to provide a higher education as nearly free as possible.

He says this despite the fact that the state's three public universities have hiked tuition by more than 300 percent over the past 15 years.

Ridenour says the numbers are misleading because it doesn't take into account the enrollment growth or steep cuts enacted by the state Legislature.

"The case and all that is in our favor and it's not really a litigation issue it's more of a political issue and how much the Legislature funds state aid," he said during a taping of 3TV's Politics Unplugged.

"We will be moving somewhere along the line to dismiss this case," he later added.

This comes a day after Gov. Doug Ducey sided with the regents, saying he believes that they are following the constitution.

[RELATED: Ducey calls AG's lawsuit over university tuition unnecessary]

When asked to respond to the governor's comments on Friday, Attorney General Mark Brnovich said he didn't want to try the case in the press.

However, it was Brnovich who blindsided the regents last week by announcing the lawsuit at the press conference he called.

[READ MORE: Arizona AG sues Board of Regents over university tuition, called them 'eggheads']

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Before making the move to television, Welch wrote and edited for the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California. Welch is a well-respected political expert in Arizona and his addition means 3TV will provide a stronger, more robust political presence in Arizona. He joins 3TV from the Arizona Guardian, a highly influential online news site dedicated to Arizona politics and government where he served as owner and editor. During his Guardian days, Welch was a frequent guest on “Politics Unplugged” and has been a regular fixture on the state political landscape since 2005 appearing on numerous radio and television talk shows. “I am thrilled to start working with such a talented and dedicated staff of journalists,” said Welch. “This is a great opportunity to broaden the reach of my political coverage and tell stories that affect Arizona voters and their families.” With more than 13 years of experience under his belt, Welch’s arrival only strengthens 3TV’s commitment to providing first-rate political and government coverage across all platforms. When not covering politics, Welch is an avid runner and fronts a punk rock band that plays frequently throughout the Southwest and California.

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