Budget Committee Chairman Says He’s Working On Eliminating UW Autonomy Plan

Nygren Also Says He Wants To Lessen Cuts To UW System

Courtesy of Wisconsin Public Television.

The Republican co-chair of the Legislature’s budget committee says he’s working on a plan to remove the proposed public authority from Gov. Scott Walker’s University of Wisconsin budget.

Speaking to reporters before the first public hearing on the budget at Brillion High School, Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, said he’s also working on helping the UW soften its $300 million budget cut.

“Things such as increasing out-of-state tuition are on the table, as well as other ideas that could come forward from the university system,” said Nygren.

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Some Republicans have said they’re hoping better-than-expected tax collections in May can offset cuts to the UW, but Nygren said his plan won’t rely on that.