April 26, 2016
Contact: Rep. Steineke, 608-266-2418

                                                                   Rep. Steineke Statement on UW Madison Faculty’s No Confidence Resolution

Madison . . . Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R – Kaukauna) released the following statement in response to UW Madison faculty’s proposed no confidence vote on UW System president Ray Cross and the Board of Regents:

“This action by the governing members of UW Madison shows an arrogance that doesn't serve the University or its students well. It’s a clear example of the complete disconnect between UW Madison faculty who seem to expect their job to come with a forever guarantee and the average Wisconsin family struggling just to make ends meet.”

“The Legislature passed some modest changes that aligned the system/state relationship with the rest of the nation. The Regents made some minor changes based upon their new authority. These changes should not be used to retaliate against President Ray Cross or the UW Board of Regents whose leadership and vision for the UW System is exactly what we need during this time.”

“It is my hope that the UW Madison governing board heeds the advice of Chancellor Blank to forego this vote of no confidence, and instead focus on continuing their mission of providing our students a top-notch education that prepares them for the challenges of today’s economy.”