Wisconsin investigative journalism group sounds alarm over state budget action
By Karen Herzog
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Posted: 06/05/2013 12:01:00 AM CDT
Updated: 06/05/2013 09:50:23 PM CDT
An independent, nonpartisan investigative journalism organization facing expulsion from its offices at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is doing what one would expect from an investigative journalism organization.
“We are mounting an aggressive response,” said Andy Hall, executive director of the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism. Hall was granting interviews Wednesday with media and watchdog journalists and bloggers across the country.
Although the center receives no funding from the university, the Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee added the provision to the state budget shortly before 6 a.m. Wednesday, prohibiting the UW System Board of Regents from permitting the center to occupy any facilities owned or leased by the regents, and UW employees from working with the center as part of their UW employment.