A Republican legislator is defending the GOP budget against attacks by the Governor and UW leaders.

The budget adopted by majority Republicans in the Assembly does not “slash and burn” the UW system in the ways university officials, the Governor, and union leaders claim. That's according to State Representative Steve Nass (R-Whitewater). He says the budget does reduce spending, but much of that was done in top heavy areas of the administration.

Nass says the Republican budget provides a three-percent net increase in taxpayer support for the UW System over the next two years.

The Governor and UW System officials have said the Repbulican approved budget plan could force them to cut faculty and classes at campuses across the state.

AUDIO: John Colbert reports (MP3 :38)

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