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Wisconsin Republican leader blocks pay raises in continuation of DEI fight

  • The Republican speaker of the Wisconsin Assembly is blocking pay raises for University of Wisconsin employees unless the university cuts diversity, equity, and inclusion spending by $32 million, arguing that these programs are a waste of public funding.
  • In response, Democratic Governor Tony Evers has called for a special legislative session to approve a $1 billion package that includes additional funding for UW, child care, and paid family leave, among other initiatives. However, Republican lawmakers have already stated that they do not plan to meet Evers' requests.
  • The University of Wisconsin plans to make a case to regain $15 million in funding, which was previously cut, to be allocated to priority areas such as nursing, engineering, computer and data science, and business. UW President Jay Rothman remains hopeful that the pay raises for university employees will eventually be approved.
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