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Thursday, February 18, 2016

 12:47 PM 

Nygren: There was a way to victory

Rep. John Nygren said the hardest part about choosing not to run for the 8th CD was that there was a "pretty clear pathway, honestly, to victory."

Still, he said, family trumped that. During the past couple of years, the Marinette Republican said, both parents and two of his siblings died, and that emphasized to him the importance of family.

"Life is short," said Nygren, whose oldest daughter has struggled with addiction and has been an inspiration for a package of bills he's pushed through to combat heroin abuse.

Nygren also said he has reviewed an LAB financial audit of the UW System. The LAB identified concerns some UW reserve policies and recommended a review of them.

Nygren said he didn't see any "glaring issues" but expects to learn more during Joint Legislative Audit Committee hearings.

According to the audit, The system's unrestricted program revenue balances declined from $973.3
million as of June 30, 2014, to $923.9 million as of June 30, 2015.

"Obviously," Nygren said, "the reserves are still pretty darn strong."





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