I was extremely pleased to learn Wednesday night that Gov. Scott Walker has backed off an attempt in the 2015-17 state budget proposal to eliminate language in state law that created the Wisconsin Idea more than 100 years ago.
I understand the hurt and anger that this proposal, which I learned about in the afternoon after our budget forum, caused across our campus and throughout the UW System. I share those same feelings because the Wisconsin Idea is the absolute bedrock and foundation for how we operate as a UW System.
I fully embrace, and always will, the philosophy contained within the Wisconsin Idea: We have a mission to extend knowledge past the boundaries of our campus across the state, and that is basic to our purpose, the pursuit of truth.
No action of the governor in trying to strike words from state law would change that.