Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Apparently, it didn't smell right
Republicans in the Legislature abandoned a proposal Tuesday by GOP Gov. Scott Walker to spin off the University of Wisconsin System as a separate government authority, but said they are committed to giving campuses more flexibility to manage budget cuts. The co-chairs of the Legislature's budget committee — Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) — said they hoped to reduce Walker's proposed $300 million in cuts, but they didn't know by how much. They are awaiting estimates this week that will tell them whether revenue will be higher than earlier projections...
Their announcement came the same day two business groups in Milwaukee and Madison urged lawmakers to limit any cuts to UW to avoid harm to the state's economy. "As the governor's budget works through the legislative process, we encourage lawmakers to keep in mind the important role the instruction, research and workforce training happening on campuses across the state play in building our economy," said a statement from Tim Sheehy, president of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce...
Full story at http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/scott-walkers-proposed-cut-to-owi-treatment-tops-panels-agenda-b99493883z1-302562311.html
Inside Higher Ed summary at https://www.insidehighered.com/quicktakes/2015/05/06/wisconsin-governors-higher-ed-autonomy-plan-killed
The guv's proposal apparently didn't smell right. Still, undoubtedly, there are those who find it appealing: