Category Archives: Budget news

Blank lays out budget landscape to campus

by University Communications

UW–Madison Chancellor Rebecca Blank says the upcoming debate over the state’s biennial is particularly important for the university, as well as for the economic health of Wisconsin.

“The higher education system in this state is central to its long-term economic competitiveness and growth,” Blank says in a recent post on her blog, Blank’s Slate.

“Having a world-class educational and research institution in UW-Madison gives this state a big advantage in attracting high-tech and growing industries to this state. Maintaining the excellence of our university and our overall Wisconsin system should be a high priority for anybody who cares about future job growth,” she says.

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Regents approve biennial budget proposal

by University Communications

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents today approved the 2015-17 biennial budget proposal at a meeting at UW–Oshkosh.

Regents approve UW System’s vision and biennial budget plan

by University Communications

OSHKOSH, Wis. – The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents  unanimously  approved the UW System’s 2015-17 biennial operating budget request at its meeting Thursday in Oshkosh.

President Cross’ vision and budget plan to focus on state’s economy

by University Communications

University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today offered a biennial budget proposal focused on developing the “talent and ideas to improve Wisconsin’s economy and impact the world.”

Governor spares journalism center, approves delay in HRDesign

by University Communications

Gov. Scott Walker signed the 2013-15 state budget bill on June 30, 2013, putting into law a spending plan for state government for the next two years. Interim Chancellor David Ward says he is pleased that the governor listened to many concerned voices and vetoed a provision that would have prohibited the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from utilizing space on the UW–Madison campus.

Update: 1 percent wage increases approved

by University Communications

The Joint Committee on Employment Relations today approved Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal for a 1 percent wage increase in each of the next two years for state employees, including UW–Madison employees. The committee also approved a compensation plan for classified employees.

For most UW–Madison employees, the pay increase is the first since 2008, said Vice Chancellor for Finance and Administration Darrell Bazzell. Read more »

Ward asks for vetoes of WCIJ, HR Design provisions

by University Communications

Interim Chancellor David Ward today sent two letters to Gov. Scott Walker requesting vetoes on provisions in the 2013-15 budget bill.

The bill is on Walker’s desk after passing the Assembly and the Senate this week. Walker is expected to issue his vetoes and sign the bill next week.

Ward is asking Walker to use his veto pen on two amendments, one related to the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism, the other the HR Design project. The provisions were added to the budget during the legislative Joint Finance Committee’s deliberations.

Ward is seeking a veto of language in the budget bill that would prohibit the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism from utilizing space on the UW–Madison campus and bar UW employees from doing any work related to the WCIJ as part of their official duties.

In addition to the important work the collaboration has yielded and the opportunities it provides to students, Ward cited a concern about the legislature restricting the university’s ability to partner with outside entities on teaching and research.

“The best and brightest researchers – and entrepreneurs, and families, and investors in Wisconsin’s economy – cannot function when a government body holds more sway over their decisions than years of careful experience,” Ward writes in the letter.

Ward would also like the governor to veto a provision delaying the implementation of the HR Design personnel system for two years.

Pushing back the implementation of the new human resources framework will delay the university’s ability to make timely and effective hiring decisions, implement enhanced systems for employee development and performance evaluation, and install a new strategic diversity plan for hiring and employment activities, among other important changes, Ward writes.


Ward letter on Joint Finance WCIJ action

by University Communications

Below is a letter from Interim Chancellor David Ward delivered to Wisconsin legislative leadership on Friday, June 14.

June 14, 2013

To: Scott Fitzgerald, Senate Majority Leader

Robin Vos, Speaker of the Assembly

Chris Larson, Senate Minority Leader

Peter Barca, Assembly Minority Leader

From: David Ward, Interim Chancellor

I am writing in reference to a budget amendment approved by the Joint Committee on Finance that would prohibit the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism (WCIJ) from utilizing space on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus as well as prohibit UW employees from doing any work related to the center as part of their official duties.

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Ward: Update on state budget

by University Communications

The following message was distributed to the campus community on Thursday, June 6 from Interim Chancellor David Ward.


Many of you are rightfully concerned about the amount of funding cut from the UW System budget, and what that will mean for you personally, and how it will affect the work we do each day in service of our teaching and research missions.

I was disappointed with the legislative committee’s decision to go well beyond the governor’s modified budget proposal and reduce our funding to an even greater extent, as well as the legislators’ decision to extend their authority to some specific UW operations. The budget recommended by the committee, if adopted by the full legislature, will present us with a formidable challenge.

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Statement from Bob Lavigna on HR Design

by University Communications

Office of Human Resources Director Bob Lavignia shared a message with the campus community Thursday, June 6 on the status of HR Design.

In the 2011-13 state budget, UW–Madison and the UW System were granted the authority to create human resources systems separate from the state personnel system. These new HR systems were to be implemented beginning on July 1, 2013. At UW-Madison, the initiative to create our new HR system is the HR Design project.

On May 23, the legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance amended the governor’s 2013-15 biennial budget bill to delay the effective date of the components of HR Design that require statutory changes until July 1, 2015.  The budget is expected to be finalized later this month.

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