Rep. Robin Vos, R-Burlington, co-chairman of the Legislature's budget committee, said on Upfront with Mike Gousha on Sunday that Gov. Walker's vision to spin off UW-Madison from the rest of the University of Wisconsin System may be too big "to digest in one budget cycle."
"I am positive that we are going to give some additional flexibility, but probably not go all the way to allow Madison to spin off and set its own tuition and all the things without more oversight."
Under Walker's budget proposal, UW-Madison would gain public authority status, with a 21-member board of trustees and more freedom from state regulations.
Vos said he agrees with the idea of giving more autonomy to the university, but he wants to be sure there is a "vibrant, strong economic development system in every single community" where there's a campus.
Sen. Alberta Darling, R-River Hills, co-chairwoman of the Joint Finance Committee, told the State Journal last week that she hadn't yet taken a position on the issue, but she applauded UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin for raising the issue.