- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 25, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross says he’ll quit if he can’t convince legislators to reduce a $300 million cut that Gov. Scott Walker wants to impose on campuses.

Cross told faculty and students at UW-Milwaukee on Wednesday that he’ll resign if he can’t win substantial reductions in the cut and protect faculty tenure and academic freedom.

Walker’s budget calls for slashing $300 million from the system but decoupling it from state oversight. That would wipe out statutory guarantees for students and employees, such as shared governance and tenure, and allow regents to set policy.

The Legislature’s budget committee will spend the next few months revising Walker’s budget. Assembly Republicans have said Walker’s cuts are too deep. Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald doesn’t think the cuts will change much.

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