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GOP Lawmaker: UW Split Probably Won't Happen


MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - A top Republican legislator says his colleagues probably won’t split UW-Madison from the rest of the university system.

Joint Finance Committee Co-chair Robin Vos told Mike Gousha’s statewide TV show that a total separation is probably too much to deal with in one session.

Governor Scott Walker’s proposed state budget includes a plan that Madison chancellor Biddy Martin has been pushing for over a year. It would create a board of the governor’s appointees to set Madison’s own tuition and purchasing and personnel policies outside of the state’s bureaucratic rules.

The UW Board of Regents is endorsing an alternative plan that would give all campuses more autonomy, while keeping the system intact.

Vos told Gousha he’s “positive” that lawmakers will grant some more flexibility, without going far enough to let Madison break away and set its own tuition without some more government oversight.