UW System awaits state budget

UWL chancellor remains optimistic with budget changes

Wisconsin’s state budget is set to expire on Wednesday.

Many state agencies are waiting for a resolution on the state budget before getting to work on budgets of their own, including the University of Wisconsin system. The state’s budget-writing committee announced last month that cuts to the System won’t be as deep as originally thought but state funding of the system would still drop by $250 million.

UW-La Crosse’s chancellor says that means the outlook for his school is better than originally thought but they’ll still have to cut 4 or 5 positions.

“The cuts are going to result in job losses, not only on our campus but all the campuses in the UW System and that’s really unfortunate because these are great jobs that people come from all around the world to take. We’re going to avoid any cuts to the classroom, that was a conscious decision we made because we want our students to be able to get all the classes they need to graduate on time,” said Chancellor Gow.

UWL should know more about its possible cuts a week from now when the Board of Regents is presented with a plan on how much money each school in the system will receive.