The President of the UW System is urging lawmakers not to compromise on funding higher education.

The budget offered by Assembly Republicans includes $120 million in cuts to University of Wisconsin campuses. System President Kevin Reilly says even meeting half way on that is a bad idea. Reilly says even if Democrats and Republicans meet halfway, the UW System will still be losing $60 million in funding, which would make it difficult to keep up with the demands being placed on campuses.

During a round table discussion with Chancellors on Monday, Reilly said the hope at this point is that cooler heads will prevail in a budget conference committee and the UW will be taken off the chopping block. He says such a move is needed to improve the future of Wisconsin's future students. 

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (MP3 1:04)

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