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Walker open to giving UW freedoms sooner to deal with cut

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 MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Gov. Scott Walker is open to giving the University of Wisconsin System more freedoms sooner than he originally proposed to help it deal with a $300 million budget cut.

Walker's spokeswoman Jocelyn Webster told The Associated Press on Wednesday that the governor would be willing to move up when those flexibilities would take effect if that would be helpful.

Under Walker's proposal, the university would become a public authority detached from state oversight starting in July 2016.

Much of the backlash over Walker's proposal has come over the level of cut and the fact the tuition would also be frozen over the next two years.

Republicans who control the Legislature have questioned the size of the cut and there have also been questions about the timing.

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