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 System Administration||$295,417||$123,223||$418,640|
* UW-Madison lapse includes State Lab of Hygiene ($691,999) and Vet Diagnostic Lab ($370,337)