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

“Today’s course of action by UW Madison faculty is disappointing. While I understand that there are disagreements among faculty regarding policy changes, it seems counterproductive to issue a vote of no confidence in leaders who have shown that they are willing to work together to address areas of concern. Given the importance of UW Madison to our state’s economy, we must keep an open dialogue between all parties involved. The Legislature’s goal is to continue to keep UW Madison as a premier higher education institution while responding to the requests of our constituencies who cannot afford ever-increasing tuition costs. I believe that by working together in a respectful and thoughtful manner, we can achieve both.”