First Look: Governor Walker’s Proposed Budget Executive SummaryPosted: March 1, 2011
The section on higher education begins on page 13. This is the exact language of that section (emphasis mine):
- Positions UW-Madison to improve its ability to remain a world leader in research and instruction by restructuring the campus as an independent authority. Greater independence for the state’s flagship campus will enhance the Madison campus’ potential as a major research institution for job creation, recruitment of top faculty and students, research and patent production, and to better server Wisconsin’s businesses, parent and students.
- Prioritizes funding for UW System campuses over administration by requiring larger share of financial aid reduction to be realized by UW System Administration–25 percent ompared to 11 percent for campuses.
- Exempts student financial aid from GPR reductions while providing a modest tuition increase for UW System institutions to keep resident undergraduate tuition affordable fir Wisconsin’s families.
- Prevents cuts to financial aid by limiting Wisconsin Covenant program to students signing pledge before September 30, 2011.
- Directs UW System to develop plan to transition UW Milwaukee into a private authority.
A couple of things to note here:
- Page 33 expands on the idea of making Milwaukee a private authority. It is curious that they used the word private there. On page 33, they again refer to it as a public authority,and giforces UW system to spend $250,000 on the project.
- Financial aid is exempted from the GPR cuts
- On page 34: “eliminate nonresident tuition ad fee exemptions for undocumented persons” in the UW System.
- Page 68 breaks down the proposal for UW Madison in depth.
So, the moment everyone has been waiting for: What’s the damage?
Well, its worse than we thought.
According to the document (page 71):
“Reduce state aid by $250 million over the biennuium to University of Wisconsin System institutions and University of Wisconsin-Madison to help address the state budget defecit.”
Okay, we knew this.
“The reduction would be split equally between the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Wisconsin System Campuses”
Split equally? My reading of that, coupled with evidence from the rest of the document, indicates that UW Madison is looking at a $125 million cut to our state funding!
How will we deal with this? What raise in tuition would this require? What can we change as the bill makes its way through the legislature?
More to come…