Last week, Gov. Walker told many state agencies including the UW system to not expect any increases in funding for the 2017-19 budget. Now UW System administrators are pushing back with an ask of their own.
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The University of Wisconsin System is poised to ask lawmakers to lift the cap on in-state tuition and reverse years of declining support for higher education with a funding increase of $42.5 million in the next state budget.
System President Ray Cross said the “modest” two-year budget request that will go before UW’s Board of Regents next week would fund an array of initiatives, such as increased advising services, programs to help students get their degrees faster and better connections between universities and businesses.
“The future of the state depends on a commitment to create an educated workforce, an investment in human capital and the ability to identify innovative, creative ways to help our businesses and communities expand,” Cross said. “We are the vehicle to do that.”It’s not clear how receptive legislators and Gov. Scott Walker will be to the request, however.
It’s not clear how receptive legislators and Gov. Scott Walker will be to the request, however.
Walker has told UW and most other state agencies not to expect any additional funding in the 2017-19 budget, though he is considering providing new money for the System based on its performance in certain metrics.
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