"Governor Walker announced that furloughs will not be included in the upcoming 2011-13 biennial budget. That is welcome news, to be sure. However, increased payments for health insurance and retirement will likely have an even larger effect on most of our UW employees."More >>
University of Wisconsin-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin is urging the Legislature's budget committee to delay action on Gov. Scott Walker's proposal doing away with collective bargaining rights for public employees.
MILWAUKEE (AP) -- University of Wisconsin leaders fear that Gov. Scott Walker will spin off the flagship UW-Madison campus from the rest of the UW System.
The leaders wrote to Walker on Tuesday saying they've learned that next week's budget proposal may include a provision to remove UW-Madison from the UW System. The officials say such a move would create unnecessary duplication and result in higher costs to taxpayers.
The letter was signed by UW Board of Regents President Charles Pruitt, Vice President Mike Spector and UW System President Kevin Reilly. A copy was obtained by The Associated Press.
Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie told AP on Wednesday he could not confirm anything about the budget. He says details including UW System funding and flexibility will be released in the governor's budget next Tuesday.
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