A Republican state lawmaker says the University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents are out of touch for approving large increases in pay scales for certain top positions.
State Rep. Steve Nass of Whitewater chairs the Assembly's committee on higher education. He blasted the regents Friday as being fiscally irresponsible.
The regents' finance committee approved the expanded pay scales Thursday. The full board passed the plan Friday, a few hours after Nass released his statement.
Officials will now be able to offer new hires substantially more than their predecessors made. For example, the outgoing UW System president makes $418,000, but his replacement could make as much as $598,500.
Nass says while Wisconsin families struggle, the regents are making sure the "administrative elite" can afford a second home or luxury car.