A Compromise and a Look Ahead

July 2, 2015

Dear Faculty and Staff,

July 1 marked the start of a new fiscal year for the State of Wisconsin and the expiration of the state’s 2013-15 budget. We have learned that Republican legislative leaders have reached a compromise that will likely advance the 2015-17 state budget. The compromise removes the Bucks stadium financing plan and prevailing wage law changes. These issues, along with how to handle reductions in road funding, will be taken up separately.

Media reports indicate that the Joint Finance Committee has some final work to do before sending the budget bill to the Assembly and Senate for a possible vote next week. Until then, the state will continue to operate with its current levels of spending and taxes.

On our campus this week the Deans and the expanded Cabinet held retreats with much of the discussions focused on the budgetary implications of enrollment planning, budget model, and our five strategic thrusts of:

  • Student Success
  • Research that Matters
  • Community Engagement
  • Climate and Culture
  • UWM Image and Visibility

A Look Ahead

Our joint work continues with shared governance groups, UW System administration, and others within the System on addressing the proposed changes to tenure and indefinite status. The Budget Planning Task Force meets twice this month, the Budget Planning Communication Task Force convenes on July 14, and that group’s support team meets July 6.

The UW System Board of Regents meets on July 9 in Madison.

Please plan to attend our next campus budget meeting on July 16 from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Union Ballroom. This date may move further into July if the budget has not been approved by the state legislature and signed into law by Governor Walker. Please check the UWM State Budget Information web site for the latest information.

I will continue to share weekly budget update messages as more information emerges. In the meantime, I wish you and yours a happy and safe Fourth of July holiday weekend.

Best regards,

Mark A. Mone