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March 04, 2011


After Walker gave his budget address, Wis Public TV interviewed a half-dozen senators and assemblypersons (even a Democrat!). The interviewer managed to ask each - after getting that other stuff out of the way - what they thought about splitting off UW-Madison from the rest of the system.

And every last one of them said something along the lines of "I really haven't read/hear/thought enough about it yet. I'd like more details", etc etc. The one Dem (I'm pretty sure it was) said he knew and liked Biddy Martin, and because of that, his inclination would be to go along with it, but more details, etc.

It could of course be that they truly need more time and info, etc. But it struck me that they were saying 'I have to wait to see what the public reaction will be before I commit, because I sure don't want to be on the wrong side of this one.'

trying to remember, does this make walker a visigoth or an ostragoth, or maybe a hun or mongol.

What I've heard is that Madison only has one? two? congresspeople at the state level, while the rest of the system has many, many more. So much for fighting over state resources.
The biggest burden will come from the system losing Madison's fundraising, and having to absorb all the costs related to low-income students without it. That, and the other schools not having access to Madison's data resources. And then, guessing that Walker won't allow stem-cell research, Madison will lose that big money draw.
Looks like a lose-lose situation, even if Madison won't have to go through state bidding practices. Doesn't matter if you can build a building quick, if you got no money.

Nothing says indifference like Martin's twitter feed during the protests. Apparently her dog has been cold but is now warmer, it has a blanket.

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