Some implications of current legislative actions for the conduct of University of Wisconsin system research
From The Isthmus today:
The two-sentence amendment to the budget was part of an omnibus motion that was introduced by the Republican co-chairs of the state Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee and passed just before 6 a.m. It reads:
“Prohibit the Board of Regents from permitting the Center for Investigative Journalism to occupy any facilities owned or leased by the Board of Regents. In addition, prohibit UW employees from doing any work related to the Center for Investigative Journalism as part of their duties as a UW employee.”
The Wisconsin Idea is the political policy developed in the American state of Wisconsin that fosters public universities’ contributions to the state: “to the government in the forms of serving in office, offering advice about public policy, providing information and exercising technical skill, and to the citizens in the forms of doing research directed at solving problems that are important to the state and conducting outreach activities.”
It would appear that only certain types of information are now desirable.
According to the The Green Bay Press Gazette, “The budget amendment was co-sponsored by two Republicans: state Sen. Alberta Darling of River Hills and state Rep. John Nygren of Marinette. Neither immediately returned a message Wednesday.”
The Center for Investigative Journalism has responded here.
Other recent episodes in political intervention include this event a couple years ago.