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Assembly leader wants smaller UW cut, less autonomy

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says he'd like to see a smaller cut to the University of Wisconsin System's budget and less autonomy for the system.

Republican Gov. Scott Walker's 2015-17 state budget proposal calls for slashing $300 million from the system in exchange for detaching the system from state oversight. System officials have long sought such autonomy but say the budget cut would devastate their campuses.

Vos, a Rochester Republican, said during an interview with WisconsinEye on Thursday that the cuts are deeper than what he would have made to the system. He said, too, that giving system regents such wide-ranging autonomy doesn't make any sense because they've said they don't want to make major changes and they could raise tuition dramatically.

A system spokeswoman didn't immediately return a message.

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