Efforts Continue To Get UW Funding Package In Budget

5/24/17 – The state Legislature’s finance committee might try again Thursday to put a U-W funding package into the next state budget. That process was held up Tuesday, due to disagreements about Governor Scott Walker’s plan to cut tuition for Wisconsin residents by five percent starting in the fall of 2018. Committee co-chair John Nygren calls the cut a “nonstarter” in the Assembly, where Speaker Robin Vos says more financial aid should be given out instead. Senate chair Alberta Darling says there are differences of opinion in what she called a “diverse” chamber — but on Tuesday night, she said she hoped to bring the U-W budget up for a vote Thursday. That budget also includes 42-million dollars in state aid that Walker wants to give to campuses that do the best in graduating students and getting them ready for jobs.