Category Archives: Budget news

UW System President Cross proposes reform plan

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University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross today called for a series of internal reforms, including reforming the executive search process, developing uniform workload guidelines for the non-instructional activities of faculty members, and conducting an analysis of administrative operations.

“Looking ahead, as we ask the Governor and the legislature to increase the state’s investment in the UW System, we need to continue to demonstrate our commitment to transparency and fiscally responsible management practices,” Cross said in his address to the Board of Regents. (See a summary of Cross’ proposals, or watch video of his remarks.)

“This is the right thing to do,” Cross said. “If we do our jobs well, the result will be a stronger UW System, one that adds value to our students, our faculty, our staff, our unique and varied institutions; and to the people of Wisconsin.”

Media coverage of the proposals: Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Associated Press.

Making the UW budget process more transparent

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Hoping to increase transparency and accessibility of how the University of Wisconsin–Madison manages its resources, Chancellor Rebecca Blank asked staff to create the Budget in Brief, a slimmed-down booklet that breaks the university’s $2.9 billion annual budget into digestible chunks.

“I felt that we needed a clear, easy-to-navigate document that tells the story of where our budget money comes from and how we spend it,” Blank says. “I hope this document provides the straightforward information that our stakeholders need.”

Blank says the document lays out “in plain language and charts where the university’s money comes from, and how it is spent. It’s important that we be as transparent as possible about our current budget and our financial needs.”

For more on the Budget in Brief and the upcoming state budget, check out this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article about the university’s budget efforts.

Blank lays out budget landscape to campus

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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