06/02/2015 01:19 pm ET Updated Jun 02, 2015

Wisconsin Moves Closer To Massive Cut To Public Colleges And Elimination Of Tenure

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MADISON, Wis. — The Legislature's budget-writing committee voted Friday to cut the University of Wisconsin's budget by $250 million and eliminate tenure protections for faculty from state law — moves derided by Democrats who argued the changes would hurt both higher education and the state's economy.

The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee, on a party line vote, also approved continuing a tuition freeze for two more years and rejected Gov. Scott Walker's plan to give UW more independence from state laws and oversight.

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