By Kate Elizabeth Queram Wisconsin Reporter
MADISON — Miles Kristan woke up Wednesday morning ready to die.
Of course, instant reanimation also was part of his plan.
Kristan, a 25-year-old photography student at Madison Area Technical College, was one of about 20 students and activists participating in a “die-in” on the steps of the Capitol on Wednesday.
Participants, their faces painted gray with fake blood dripping, sprawled on the staircase facing State Street to protest $250 million in proposed cuts to higher education and a recently passed voter ID measure, both of which they say are tantamount to the "death" of voter's rights and education
“Students are kind of getting the short end of the stick, as it were, from the Legislature,” said Matt Guidry, director of communications for the United Council of University of Wisconsin Students, a grassroots and lobbying nonprofit that organized the protest. “You’re hurting students and making education less affordable.”
Republicans have endorsed both measures, saying the cuts are necessary to help bridge a projected $3.6 billion budget shortfall and that voter ID will help eliminate voter fraud in the state.
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