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Democratic lawmakers worried over plan to consolidate two-year and four-year UW schools

Twenty Democratic lawmakers expressed concerns about a recent proposal to merge Wisconsin four-year and two-year colleges in a letter sent to UW System President Ray Cross Thursday. The primary concern centered on planning and implementation of the potential merger that took many people by surprise. “Especially concerning to us is the complete lack of collaboration and deliberation in such a far reaching proposal,” the letter said. Cross originally introduced the proposal in a press release, stating that merging Wisconsin’s two-year schools and four-year schools would boost enrollment at two-year schools.


Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, came under fire for calling Republican state Senators who made a “backroom deal” with Gov. Scott Walker “terrorists.”
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Assembly speaker apologizes for calling fellow Republicans ‘terrorists’

After receiving intense — albeit predictable — backlash for referring to three GOP state Senators as “terrorists,” the top-ranking Republican in the state Assembly issued an apology Monday. “I now regret using the word terrorist because it goes against the guidelines I’ve set for our chamber, and myself,” Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Burlington, said in a statement.


Students on campus held a call-in Friday to encourage Republican lawmakers to vote against a bill that would end a partnership between UW and Planned Parenthood.
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Students call upon lawmakers to kill bill that would end agreement between Planned Parenthood, UW

Student activists organized Friday in opposition to a controversial Republican bill that would prohibit UW medical students from performing abortions or receive training at medical centers that do so. The proposal would end a decade-long partnership between the university and Planned Parenthood, which provides abortion-related training and work opportunities to medical students. The state Senate heard testimony on the legislation Tuesday, months after a state Assembly committee considered a nearly identical measure.


UW-Madison, along with 800 other colleges and universities, signed a letter petioning members of Congress to implement legislation that would protect Dreamers.
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UW joins hundreds of other universities in defending Dreamers

UW-Madison joined 800 other universities Thursday in a letter calling upon key congressmen to advance legislation to protect Dreamers. The letter, compiled by the American Council on Education, urged the leaders to implement a “long-term legislative fix” that would protect Dreamers — individuals protected by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals act.


The Assembly Committee on Public Benefit Reform had a public hearing for two bills aimed to provide food stamp recipients with healthier food.
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Lawmakers take up bills to provide food stamp recipients with healthy options

A state Assembly committee met Tuesday for a hearing on two bills that emphasize a greater focus on health-orientated consumables for food stamp recipients and standardizes the quality of nutrition that must be covered for the use of food stamps. Sponsored by Rep. Mike Rohrkaste, R-Neenah, and Sen. Sheila Harsdorf, R-River Falls, the Assembly Committee on Public Benefit Reform held a public hearing on the proposed bills. One provides a 50 percent discount towards healthy foods for FoodShare members and the other initiates a pilot program that places restrictions on certain foods deemed insufficiently nutritional by the Department of Health Services.


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