Local coverage: Proposed UW System cuts, autonomy

Proposed UW System budget cuts and added autonomy were big news Tuesday (Jan. 27), as word of Gov. Walker’s plan for $300 million in reductions spread statewide and beyond. Closer to home, local news stations explored what the proposal might mean for UW-Green Bay. Chancellor Gary L. Miller spoke with numerous reporters throughout the day, noting that proposed autonomy shouldn’t be viewed as an exchange for budget cuts. “I hope people don’t see it as a trade-off,” he told Fox 11’s Andrew LaCombe. “I think that’s not what happened. The budget cuts are a reflection of the state budget. The autonomy idea is something that the System has talked about for 40 years.” The budget cuts will be difficult for UW-Green Bay, Miller told Local 5. “The budget cut part is disturbing,” he said. “These cuts are very large — they come after six years of budget cutting in state higher education. So we’re concerned.”

A sampling of local coverage is as follows:
WLUK, Fox 11
Local 5
WBAY, Channel 2
Wisconsin Public Radio
WHBY radio