Dear Students, Faculty and Staff,
Co-chairs of the State of Wisconsin Joint Finance Committee (JFC) announced today that the committee will not advance Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to make the UW System a public authority. Co-chairs Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette) and Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills) voiced continued support to provide additional flexibilities in areas such as procurement, human resources, and construction, to help mitigate the proposed $300 million cut to the UW System.
There are a number of things we do not yet know, including the status of the proposed changes to Chapter 36 with respect to faculty tenure and shared governance, among other provisions. We hope to learn more about whether these important areas will remain outside of – or be reintroduced into – the proposed state budget.
We also are awaiting word on adjusted state revenue budget projections. Legislators have stated that they would like to reduce the proposed $300 million cut; however, it is uncertain how much a reduction may be or if there will be sufficient additional new revenues to mitigate the cut at all. We will continue to plan for the full amount of the proposed cut but hope for a better outcome.
We will discuss these and any new developments at our next campus budget meeting this Friday, May 8. I will update you on our advocacy activities, and together with the Budget Task Force, will share news on addressing the budget cut at UWM. For those who cannot attend in person, Friday’s meeting will be livestreamed: https://uwm.edu/streamingvideo/universityrelations/. I also encourage you to visit the Budget Information Website as it is updated daily.
You have my continued promise to openly and frequently share the work, plans and processes underway to address our budgetary challenges. You also have my continued commitment to fight for a strong UWM, uphold the Wisconsin Idea, and preserve the quality and affordability of education for our students and their families.
Mark A. Mone