Protesters decry Walker budget cuts at UW-Madison rally
MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Several hundred University of Wisconsin-Madison students, faculty and staffers braved subzero temperatures to protest Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to cut $300 million over the next two years from the UW system.
They rallied on campus Saturday on the fourth anniversary of the beginning of large-scale demonstrations against a Walker plan that eliminated collective bargaining rights for most of Wisconsin's public employees.
Protester Yogesh Chawla says the UW system is the economic engine of Wisconsin, so cutting it will hurt the entire state.
UW-Madison police estimated the crowd at between 500 and 600. Many protesters carried signs with slogans such as "Bucky is burning mad" and "Walker is heartless."
Walker and his supporters describe the cuts as a modest 2.5 percent decline in overall support for the UW system.