State Lawmakers Block Raises For University Workers In Fight Against Diversity Spending

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Wisconsin’s Republican-controlled legislature withheld pay raises for employees of the University of Wisconsin System (UW) over  its diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI) funding, according to the Associated Press.

Wisconsin Republicans voted in June to cut the UW System’s budget by $32 million, which is the estimated amount it spends on DEI over a 2-year period. Wisconsin Republicans denied the raises Tuesday in a bid to pressure the system to cut the spending, according to the AP. (RELATED: California’s LGBTQ Caucus Solicited Over $1 Million For Activist Group Boosting Their Legislation)

“We are denying pay increases to half of our state workforce because of one person’s resistance to inclusion on our campuses,” Democratic Senate Minority Leader Melissa Agard said, according to the AP.

MADISON, WI – OCTOBER 12: An outside view of Education Building on the campus of the University of Wisconsin on October 12, 2013 in Madison, Wisconsin. (Photo by Mike McGinnis/Getty Images)

The employment relations committee approved raises for other state employees, according to the AP.

Republican state Assembly Speaker Robin Vos said Tuesday he might approve pay raises for UW employees if the school system gives up the power to create its own jobs and said that he would continue to negotiate with UW officials, according to the AP.

UW System President Jay Rothman said the decision to not approve the UW pay raises was “unprecedented,” the AP reported.

“We are beyond disappointed,” Rothan said. “It is unfair and not right to leave families of those faculties and staff behind.”

Other states, including Florida and Texas, have banned the use of public funds for DEI programs in colleges and universities.

Robin, Agard, and UW did not immediately respond to the Daily Caller News Foundation’s request for comment.

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