Category Archives: UW Politics

Chump change offered for closed UW colleges

As one example of political leaders in Wisconsin nibbling around the edges of major public policy challenges, the university president, the legislative leaders and the governor threw some chump change at the communities that have hosted two-year UW colleges for … Read the rest

Future use of vacated UWM-WC

Come July, the campus of the former University of Wisconsin – Milwaukee at Washington County will be empty. In the face of declining enrollments, Jay Rothman, president of the Universities of Wisconsin, made an abrupt decision to shut down the … Read the rest

Moraine College concept dies

Let’s deal with reality. The concept of a “Moraine Community College” that was endorsed 19-2 by the Washington County Board of Supervisors is dead. So is the possibility of saving the campus of the University of Wisconsin at Washington County. … Read the rest

Moratorium needed on UW campus closures

It is important to remember that Gov. Evers vetoed only the “pilot” for consolidating the two-year colleges in Washington County. He suggested it was too small a solution because it only dealt with one county. That left open the broader … Read the rest

Give UW-Madison its Freedom

A number of years ago, I wrote a column entitled “Tale of Two Universities.” It contended that the University of Wisconsin – Madison operated in a completely different sphere than the other campuses in the University of Wisconsin System (UWS). … Read the rest

Mone Work Group comes up short

If you were looking for solutions to the challenges facing the 12 two-year UW colleges across the state, the “Work Group” created by UWM Chancellor Mark Mone to save the UW campus in Washington County is not the place to … Read the rest

Governor: your two-year colleges veto changed nothing

One of Governor Ever’s line-item vetoes in the new state budget eroded six months of hard work by a Washington County Task Force to come up with a pragmatic solution to the troubles facing its two-year colleges. Note: his veto … Read the rest

UWM stiffed (again) in governor’s budget

How can it be that Milwaukee and the University of Wisconsin Milwaukee (UWM) are chopped liver in Gov. Ever’s massive building budget for 2023-25? In late February Democratic Gov. Tony Evers rolled out his ambitious budget proposal for $3.8 billion … Read the rest

Will Rothman clean up UW conglomerate?

Jay Rothman may be just the right choice to deal with UW Madison that has become a conglomerate. The newly selected UW System president spent his career at Foley and Lardner, the state’s largest law firm, where he dealt with … Read the rest

What happened to the Blue Cross money?

One astute Wisconsin politician asked this question when the subject of the UW $450 million Blue Cross endowment for public health came up: “What happened to all the money?” When Blue Cross went public 20 years ago, the Blue Cross … Read the rest