NEW INFORMATION: Wis. GOP lawmaker criticizes UW System pay plan

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A Republican state lawmaker says the University of Wisconsin System's Board of Regents are out of touch for tentatively 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 was to consider the plan Friday morning.

The plan would allow officials 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 anywhere from $399,000 to $598,500.

Nass says while Wisconsin families are continuing to struggle, the regents are making sure high-level administrators can easily afford a second home or luxury car.

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