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Tuesday, June 9, 2015

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Senate approves appointment of Walker campaign chair's son to Board of Regents along party lines

The Senate voted along party lines to confirm the son of Gov. Scott Walker's campaign chair to the UW Board of Regents.

Dems raised concerns that Michael M. Grebe, the executive vice president and general counsel for HUSCO, did not have the university's best interests at heart, saying he supports a $250 million cut in state aid to the system while using the appointment to question a series of changes the guv proposed to things like tenure.

Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, D-La Crosse, said putting more of Walker's friends and campaign donors on the board would weaken it.

"We need a Board of Regents that will stand up to Governor Walker," she said.

The appointment cleared the Senate 19-14. After the results were announced, a member of the gallery yelled, "That is an outrage! You’re killing Wisconsin."

President Mary Lazich, R-New Berlin, asked to have the person removed.

The body also voted along party lines to confirm the re-appointment of Rodney Pasch to the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission. No senator stood to express opposition to the appointment, but a Shilling aide members "had concerns about his mishandling of issues important to Wisconsin families."

The other appointments cleared the Senate without opposition. That includes the re-appointment to the Board of Regents of Andrew Petersen, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System Board, and and appointment of James Langnes, the new student appointee.


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