Despite pressure from business leaders from across the state, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos this week held firm on the Legislature’s decision to withhold state funding for a new engineering building at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Speaking to reporters Tuesday, Vos, R-Rochester, tied funding for the engineering building with what he called staffing “bloat” within the Universities of Wisconsin, as well as diversity, equity and inclusion, or DEI, programming.

“We would love to be able to find a way to get to yes, by having the university work with us on controlling the number of positions that they have added,” he said, noting UW-Madison has added 1,700 positions since 2017. “And we still have the challenge of all of the division, indoctrination and exclusion that happens with the DEI programs.”

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