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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Some members of the state Legislature's budget committee say that splitting the Madison campus from the University of Wisconsin System is unlikely to happen.

Gov. Scott Walker has included the split in his budget proposal. The budget committee will decide whether to strip the proposal from the budget, keep it or amend it.

Committee co-chair, Rep. Robin Vos, says "it's highly unlikely" that the Legislature is ready to grant Madison autonomy. It would have its own board of trustees and have more leeway on purchasing, construction, money management and tuition.

Committee member Sen. Sheila Harsdorf says "there's quite a bit of interest" in keeping the system together. Vos said the Assembly Republican caucus was expected to meet Wednesday to discuss the issue.

The State Journal reports UW-Madison officials are optimistic the proposal will stay in the budget.


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