The University of Wisconsin System has to eliminate diversity and equity positions or sacrifice 6% pay raises over the next two years that were initially authorized in the budget Gov. Tony Evers signed this summer, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said.
Vos, R-Rochester, told WisPolitics on Friday that the System won’t get another nickel from the state unless it cuts the diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) positions that Republicans tried to defund in the budget process.
“I don’t think that they deserve to have any more resources until they accomplish the goal,” Vos told WisPolitics.
Vos’ comments underscore Republican animosity toward the System’s DEI initiatives, which some conservatives deem liberal indoctrination. Evers this year vetoed Republicans’ proposal to cut 188.8 positions from the System’s DEI programs.
The System has said it won’t eliminate DEI, saying the staff and programming are vital to its operations.
System President Jay Rothman said in a …