GREEN BAY – In advance of today's Board of Regents meeting, gubernatorial candidate Mark Green sent a letter to David Walsh, President of the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, asking that immediate steps be taken to restore Wisconsinites' faith in the UW-System.
“As I travel the state, I continue to hear from families who are upset that their children are having a difficult time getting into a UW school,” Green wrote. “They are also angry that tuition has increased by 50 percent in just four years. That massive increase is even harder to accept in the wake of tuition being reduced by $2,000 for out-of-state students.”
“Wisconsinites are also worried that the University leadership often shows a disturbing lack of common sense and an out-right disdain for our Wisconsin values,” Green added. “Whether it's the decision to keep a teacher on the payroll, even though he tells students that it was the U.S. government, not terrorists, responsible for the thousands of deaths on September 11, 2001, or the stripping of the Knights of Columbus of its recognition on campus, the UW leadership continues to come to conclusions the rest of us would not.”
In his letter, Green suggests the Board of Regents use this month's meeting to directly respond to the concerns of Wisconsin residents by taking several specific steps. Those steps include:
1. Reverse the decision to lower tuition for out-of-state students. Coming on the heels of an over 50 percent tuition increase for Wisconsin students, it simply doesn't make sense to cut tuition for students from other states. We should be providing more opportunities for Wisconsin's young people - not students from other states.
2. Hold accountable the managers of the payroll software implementation program that was scrapped after $26 million in tax and tuition funds were already spent.
3. Make it clear that well-respected, faith-based charitable groups, like the Knights of Columbus, are welcome on UW campuses and reverse your position and recommend termination for UW-Madison lecturer Kevin Barrett.
Click here to read Mark's letter to President Walsh.