The legislature's Joint Finance Committee this week rejected a budget measure that would have created domestic partner benefits for state employees. Despite that, a UW faculty group says they'll continue their fight to have the state recognize the need for those benefits.
Louise Robbins is President of Profs, Inc, a group on the UW-Madison campus. She says the vote this week from Republicans was disappointing. But she says the battle's not over and the group will work to get the provision added back into the budget.
Robbins says not having domestic partner benefits available in the UW System puts Wisconsin at a major disadvantage when it comes to competing for top faculty members. Wisconsin is the only school in the Big Ten that doesn't provide them.