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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

 8:29 PM 

Senate approves bill to give business community greater representation on MATC board

The Senate voted 17-16 to approve legislation to give the business community greater representation on the boards governing the Milwaukee Area Technical College.

Dems previously delayed a final vote on the bill, but could not stop it procedurally Tuesday.

They complained the legislation was originally designed to impact all 16 tech college board districts, but was amended to only target MATC and was being done over the objections of Milwaukee lawmakers.

Sen. Lena Taylor, D-Milwaukee, said it reinforces her belief that Republicans have decided repeatedly to “stick it to Milwaukee” this session.

No backers rose to defend the bill.

Now, each district board has nine members, two employers, two employees, one school district administrator, one elected state or local official, and three additional members.

The legislation would change members to six business people, one school district administrator, one elected state or local official, and one additional member.

The legislation would also give the power to appoint board embers to the Milwaukee County exec and chairs of the Milwaukee, Ozaukee and Washington boards of supervisors.


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