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Walker proposes new freedoms, $300 million cut to University of Wisconsin System

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is proposing a 13 percent cut in state funding for the University of Wisconsin System, at the same time he wants to give all campuses more freedom from state laws.

Walker told The Associated Press in an exclusive interview that he will be proposing that future funding to UW be a block grant funded by sales tax revenue and adjusted annually for inflation.

The Madison campus will remain a part of the system, but all 26 campuses will have more autonomy from the state.

Walker was to include the plan as part of his two-year state budget proposal next week.

Walker is also calling for a two-year tuition freeze, while also cutting state funding by $300 million to help solve a projected $2 billion budget shortfall.

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