MADISON, Wis. (WTAQ) - The head of Governor Scott Walker’s administration is defending some of his boss’s most controversial budget items Tuesday.
Mike Huebsch spoke up to lawmakers in favor of the plan to dump community recycling grants, and to separate UW-Madison from the rest of the university system.
His comments came during a hearing by the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, which is starting the long process of rewriting Walker’s budget package for the next two years.
Huebsch said most communities would either pay on their own to continue recycling – or else private companies would provide the service. Huebsch also said the governor considered letting other UW campuses have the autonomy he’s seeking for Madison – but Walker concluded that other schools were not as prepared for the change as Madison.
Chancellor Biddy Martin has been working for a year on the plan, which would free the school from the state’s bureaucratic personnel and spending rules, and let the campus set its own tuition.
Last week, all the other UW chancellors expressed support for a plan to give them such autonomy as well.