Walker Says Budget Cuts To UW Will Not Be Permanent

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Monday, August 20, 2012

A $66 million cut to the University of Wisconsin System's budget will not be made permanent, Gov. Scott Walker said in a letter to state agencies.

The university is one of a handful of agencies Walker wrote to Tuesday to declare them exempt from permanent cuts going into the next two-year budget cycle. The Associated Press obtained that letter Friday.

Walker ordered the state agencies to not include any spending increases in their two-year budget proposals due Sept. 17. Many other agencies have been told that cuts imposed earlier this year, known as lapses, would be made permanent going into the next budget cycle.

The order foretells another tight state budget for Wisconsin. When Walker took office in 2011, he faced a $3.6 billion shortfall and part of his solution included requiring state workers to pay more for health insurance and pension benefits, deep cuts to public education, local governments and state agency spending.

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