Updated - Scott Walker never ran on slashing state funding 13 percent over a two-year period for the acclaimed University of Wisconsin System. (Bauer, AP)
But Scott Walker is calling for radically cutting and restructuring the UW System, citing Walker's $2 billion budget shortfall.
"It will make the University of Wisconsin more efficient, more effective and ultimately more accountable," Walker said.
Walker is taking his cues from the extreme rightwing on privatization of public education, and Walker's continued attempts to gut public higher education are two objectives of a wholesale project reengineering an entire state as envisioned by the the John Birch Society, (headquartered in Appleton, Wisconsin), the Koch brothers and a few other rightwing billionaires.
Project goals, propaganda and money are funneled by the usual radical right-GOP suspects: ALEC, Koch Brothers, the Bradley Foundation, MacIver Institute, the Wisconsin Reporter, Media Trackers, and the Wisconsin Policy Research Institute.
Nationally, the Koch brothers network plans to spend $889 million in 2016, it is reported today. (Gold, Washington Post)
In typical duplicitous fashion, Walker announced in his January 27, 2015 press release the "UW System will also have independent authority to establish policy regarding employee matters, including sick leave, tenure, and shared governance." (emphasis added)
Left out of Walker's press release is the fact the UW System Board of Regents, (of 18 sitting members), is composed of:
- 10 Walker appointees
- Seven appointees whose terms will expire in the next two years
- Tony Evers, Superintendent of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
In May 2017, Walker will have appointed 16 of 18 serving members of the UW System Board of Regents.
In May 2015, Walker will have appointed 12 of 18 serving members of the UW System Board of Regents.
The gerrymandered state senate which rubber-stamps Walker appointees has to approve each Walker appointment.
Walker is so controlling and ideologically extreme that Walker rescinded his appointment of UW-Platteville student Joshua Inglet to the Board in August 2013 after finding out Inglet signed the Recall Scott Walker petition to show support for his mother who is a teacher.
UW System Board of Regents
John Robert Behling - Appointed by Scott Walker in 2012
Mark J. Bradley - Term expires May 2017
José Delgado - Appointed by Scott Walker in 2014
Tony Evers - Elected as Superintendent of Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction
Michael J. Falbo - Term expires May 2015 (President of the Board)
Margaret Farrow - Appointed by Scott Walker in 2013
Eve Hall - Appointed by Scott Walker in 2014
Nicolas Harsy - Term expires May 2016
Tim Higgins - Appointed by Scott Walker in 2011
Edmund Manydeeds - Term expires May 2017
Regina Millner - Appointed by Scott Walker in 2012
Janice Mueller - Appointed by Scott Walker in 2013
Drew Petersen - Appointed by Scott Walker in 2013
Charles Pruitt - Term expires May 2016
Anicka Purath - Appointed by Scott Walker in 2015
José F. Vásquez - Term expires May 2016
David G. Walsh - Term expires May 2015
Gerald Whitburn - Appointed by Scott Walker in 2011