- Associated Press - Wednesday, November 5, 2014

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - The co-chairman of the Legislature’s powerful finance committee doesn’t sound too optimistic that the University of Wisconsin System will get the additional $95 million it wants in the next state budget.

Rep. John Nygren, a Marinette Republican, said during a news conference with Assembly Speaker Robin Vos that the request is a tough sell. He said he doesn’t think the system should ask the Legislature to backfill a legislatively imposed tuition freeze

Vos, a Rochester Republican, said the system needs to ensure that instructors teach students and focus research efforts on how to grow the economy, not on, as he put it, “ancient mating habits of whatever.”

System President Ray Cross said in an email to The Associated Press saying he looks forward to working with the Legislature.

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