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Chancellor Blank’s update on budget reductions

Chancellor Blank is sharing an update on UW-Madison budget reductions on her blog, Blank’s Slate. Her $36 million plan includes $21 million in budget cuts and redirects an additional $15 million from other campus units to UW’s overall educational mission. The plan includes the elimination of approximately 400 positions. Read more.

 

MadREP passes resolution opposing System budget cuts

The Madison Region Economic Partnership, the economic development agency for the eight-county region surrounding the state Capitol, has passed a resolution calling for a reduction in the level of cuts proposed to the UW System in the 2015-17 state budget.

“Though the MadREP Board of Directors rarely weighs in on legislative matters, we determined that the threat facing the UW System by these proposed funding cuts is so profound that such an action is warranted,” says Bill White, Chairman of the MadREP Board of Directors. “The University of Wisconsin is a dynamic economic engine that represents one of the region and state’s most important competitive advantages for its role educating our workforce, performing world-class research, and creating new jobs and companies.”

See MadREP’s press release here.

Study: UW–Madison has $15 billion economic impact on Wisconsin

The University of Wisconsin–Madison’s overall economic impact statewide is $15 billion annually, according to a report from Northstar Consulting Group.

The report shows that UW–Madison, UW Hospital and Clinics and the university’s affiliated organizations and startup companies support 193,310 Wisconsin jobs and generate more than $847.5 million in state and local tax revenue. That’s up from 128,146 jobs and $614 million in tax revenue the last time a similar study was completed in 2011.

 

Joint Finance Committee votes begin today, UW votes expected in May

The Joint Finance Committee today will begin deliberations on Gov. Scott Walker’s budget proposal. The meeting is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m.

According to the Associated Press, the committee is not expected to vote on the UW System budget until later in May.

Joint Finance Committee meetings can be viewed online at Wisconsin Eye.

Walker letter restores Wisconsin Idea, proposes resident undergrad tuition cap

Gov. Scott Walker made several adjustments to his budget proposal in a letter to the Joint Finance Committee chairs on Monday, including restoring the statutory language about the Wisconsin Idea. The errata letter is sent to legislators to correct errors in the budget bill.

The error message to lawmakers also calls for modifying the budget bill to cap resident undergraduate tuition increases at UW System schools to no more than the annual increase in the consumer price index, which is used by the federal government to track inflation.

In a statement, UW System President Ray Cross said the errata letter “makes a number of welcome corrections” to the original budget proposal and that he is “working with the legislature in a new spirit of openness, dialogue, and partnership to reduce the proposed UW System budget cut and to approve a package of transformative operational flexibilities that will lead to greater efficiency and savings.”

Faculty group to hold budget forum Wednesday

PROFS will host a forum on the 2015-17 state budget at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday in the Wisconsin Idea Room in the Education Building. The forum is free and open to the public.

Panel members will include state representative and Joint Finance Committee member Chris Taylor, D-Madison, George Lightbourn, former Department of Administration Secretary under governors Tommy Thompson and Scott McCallum and UW–Madison Associate Vice Chancellor for Government and Corporate Affairs Charles Hoslet.

For more information on the forum, visit profs.wisc.edu.

Key provisions of budget bill summarized

The key points of Governor Scott Walker’s 2015-17 biennial budget bill proposal that impact UW-Madison are summarized here.

A full analysis of the budget bill has been completed by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau and can be found here.

Joint Finance Committee to hold public hearings

Four public hearings on the 2015-17 state budget will be held over the next couple weeks by the Joint Finance Committee.

The first will be March 18 at Brillion High School in Calumet County. It will be followed by a hearing on March 22 at Alverno College in Milwaukee, March 23 at UW-Barron County in Rice Lake and March 26 at Reedsburg High School.
The Brillion, Alverno College and UW-Barron County hearings will begin at 10 a.m. and are scheduled to end at 5 p.m. The Reedsburg hearing is scheduled from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

 

Academic Staff Assembly joins call for further study of proposed public authority

The Academic Staff Assembly voted Monday on resolutions calling for more study on a proposed public authority for the University of Wisconsin System and greater flexibility in the timing and amount of state budget cuts.

Much of Monday’s discussion centered on the public authority proposed in Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-17 budget. Representatives called for more information on how it would work and the effects it could have on UW-Madison.

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Regents support resolution calling for reduced cuts, flexibilities, and dedicated funding stream for UW System

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents voted unanimously Thursday to support a resolution calling for the legislature to substantially reduce the proposed base funding cuts to the UW System recommended in the Governor’s budget.

The resolution further requested that the legislature grant long-sought flexibilities to the System, including a dedicated funding stream for state-supported UW operations, as well as appropriate technical changes to the budget “to allow the System to more effectively and efficiently implement those flexibilities, manage its operations, and serve the students and taxpayers of Wisconsin.”

After lengthy discussion, the Board asked the legislature to grant flexibilities “either through an agreed-upon public authority or an appropriate amendment to State Statutes.”

Read the news release from UW System and view the full resolutions.

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel Coverage

Wisconsin State Journal Coverage