News surfaced late Thursday, Feb. 5, that the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a memo estimating what Gov. Walker’s 2015-17 state budget would mean for each UW System campus. According to the memo, the cut for UW-Stout in 2015-16 would be about $5.8 million, which follows a $1.3 million cut in 2013-14. Our cut would be 15.3 percent of the $37.8 million we received in state support for 2014-15.
While this is a very significant decrease and would cause us to make many difficult decisions, I want to emphasize that this cut is subject to revision by the Legislature. In fact, I have been heartened in recent days that some Republican legislators have indicated they believe the proposed cut is too deep and would like to find ways to reduce the impact on the UW System. Gov. Walker even acknowledged Thursday that he was open to changes in the UW System budget.
I am attending the Board of Regents meeting in Madison. I also wanted to assure our faculty and staff that Regent President Michael Falbo and other regents firmly stated their support for shared governance and tenure in the event that the Legislature adopts Gov. Walker’s public authority model for the UW System.
Finally, I wanted to congratulate UW-Madison Chancellor Becky Blank for her inspiring presentation Thursday to the Board of Regents. Her impassioned plea for adequate funding for higher education in Wisconsin was fantastic.
We will continue to communicate important budget news to the campus. Please read the state budget stories in UW-Stout Today to stay informed.