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UW System Statement about 2011-13 Budget Lapse (Oct 18, 2011)

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October 18, 2011

UW System Statement about 2011-13 Budget Lapse

The UW System learned late on Friday (Oct. 14) that all of our colleges, universities, and extension networks could lose $46 million in state taxpayer support during fiscal year 2011-12, plus an additional $19.6 million next fiscal year.

The 2011-13 State Budget provided for $174.3 million of “lapses” in state GPR funding, requiring state agencies to return funding already allocated in the budget. In a memo released Friday by the DOA Secretary, UW System would absorb $65.6 million of this cut. Although the UW System typically represents about 7% of the state’s GPR expenditures, it is being asked to absorb about 38% of this cut under the plan, subject to approval by the Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance. It appears that the UW System is being asked to take a much larger share of the lapse compared to state government agencies.

This lapse will add to $250 million in cuts already allocated to the UW System in the biennial budget, coming at a time when UW institutions are well into the academic year. With near record enrollments, campuses have made firm commitments to students, faculty, and staff that cannot be reversed mid-semester.

We do not know how we can take these cuts without negatively affecting the education of our students and the expectations of their families for a quality experience. These disproportionately large cuts will hurt every UW institution’s ability to spur regional economic growth and to help all of Wisconsin emerge from a persistent economic recession.  

In the coming days and weeks, UW leaders will appeal for a distribution of lapse amounts that will preserve the UW’s ability to meet the needs of its students and serve as an economic engine for Wisconsin.

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October 2011 Lapse Amounts by UW System Institution

        FY 2012

           FY 2013

         2011-13 Total

UW-Madison*

$18,106,065

$7,702,870

$25,808,935

UW-Milwaukee

$6,207,319

$2,643,012

$8,850,331

UW-Eau Claire

$2,345,863

$998,844

$3,344,707

UW-Green Bay

$1,128,776

$480,621

$1,609,397

UW-La Crosse

$1,899,341

$808,720

$2,708,061

UW-Oshkosh

$2,257,640

$961,280

$3,218,920

UW-Parkside

$1,066,609

$454,151

$1,520,760

UW-Platteville

$1,305,136

$555,713

$1,860,849

UW-River Falls

$1,306,120

$556,132

$1,862,252

UW-Stevens Point

$1,929,202

$821,434

$2,750,636

UW-Stout

$1,773,549

$755,159

$2,528,708

UW-Superior

$700,290

$298,176

$998,466

UW-Whitewater

$1,985,927

$845,587

$2,831,514

UW Colleges

$1,749,461

$744,902

$2,494,363

UW-Extension

$2,078,362

$884,945

$2,963,307

UW System Administration

$295,417

$123,223

$418,640

$46,135,077

$19,634,769

$65,769,846

* UW-Madison lapse includes State Lab of Hygiene ($691,999) and Vet Diagnostic Lab ($370,337)

 

Media Contacts:
David Giroux
UW System
608-262-4464