UW-Oshkosh chancellor calls state budget cuts 'functionally punitive'

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Chancellors in the University of Wisconsin System are publicly jumping into the fray of the state budget debate, encouraging their campus stakeholders to lobby legislators to roll back a proposed freeze on tax dollars and delays in new flexibilities promised in the last state budget.

The Legislature's budget committee in a bipartisan vote last month froze tuition and tax dollars for the UW System over the next two years and delayed new flexibilities over personnel that were promised in the last state budget, leaving public universities to fund several new initiatives from recently disclosed cash balances that triggered a firestorm at the Capitol.

Instead of boosting tuition and tax money by more than $200 million over two years, as initially proposed by Gov. Scott Walker and university officials, state funding to the UW System and a state financial aid board would drop slightly under action by the Joint Finance Committee.

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