Two key Wisconsin lawmakers are proposing changes to Governor Scott Walker’s plans for the University of Wisconsin System. Joint Finance Committee co-chair, Representative John Nygren (R-Marinette) and committee member Representative Dean Knudson (R-Hudson) announced plans on Wednesday that include a smaller, more manageable cut, instead of the $300 million cut proposed in the Governor’s budget.
They also said the UW System is not ready to become a public authority as proposed by the governor.
“It is clear from their response that the Regents, Chancellors and university administrators are not ready for this level of independence,” the legislators said. “We believe the legislature must maintain control and supervision over the university system.”
Nygren and Knudson also want an increase in tuition on out-of-state and graduate students, and a continued tuition freeze for in-state undergraduates for another two years. And they want the Legislature to require the UW System to further spend down its accumulated surpluses.
UW System President Ray Cross released a statement. “We appreciate the leadership of Representatives Knudson and Nygren and other legislators committed to reducing the proposed budget cut. We look forward to continuing the discussion on the best way to transform the UW System for the future.”