University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross testified before the state Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance Tuesday, requesting that members approve the UW System Authority and a dedicated funding stream in Governor Scott Walker’s 2015-17 proposed budget while working with UW System and institutional leaders to reduce a proposed state funding cut.

“This budget moves Wisconsin from one of the top-four most regulated states in higher education to one that is more autonomous but no less accountable to the public,” Cross testified. “The Governor’s budget gives us the tools to help us reach that future. We need to take them and continue our important reform efforts.”

Read President Cross’s full remarks: UW System JFC Testimony March 2015 pdf

Read Chancellor James Schmidt’s full remarks: UW-Eau Claire Chancellor Schmidt's JFC Testimony pdf