Doyle uses veto pen in regard to System items

We’re not sure if Gov. Doyle uses a red pen, a marker or whiteout (or maybe all three) for his budget changes, but he did use his veto power on some items. Of particular interest to UW System:

• Veto of a provision that allowed the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission (WERC) to assign faculty and staff to bargaining units. Faculty and staff can still choose to join unions.

• Partial veto of a provision that required Research Assistants who form into collective bargaining units to be initially represented by the Teaching Assistant Association (TAA).

• Partial veto related to student veterans’ tuition remission reimbursement timelines in order to retain flexibilities and maximize benefits for veterans.

• Veto of requirements for hiring and reporting of private contractors during a state furlough. Instead, the Governor will create a new centralized review process to ensure state agencies are using private contractors to achieve additional savings while maintaining appropriate services.

• Veto of a $50,000 annual grant to WiSys Technology Foundation, Inc., for intellectual property management services to all comprehensive institutions excluding UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee.