Category: The state

Reschovsky: State Budget Deficit to Top $3.1 Billion

UW-Madison economist Andrew Reschovsky has found that Wisconsin likely faces a larger biennial budget deficit than the oft-quoted $2.7 billion. While the state’s Legislative Fiscal Bureau determined the state would need about $2.5 billion to balance the 2011-13 budget, Reschovsky…

Funding Higher Education Forum

How states, Wisconsin in particular, fund their institutions of higher learning will be the topic of a public forum next week. Chancellor Biddy Martin will be joined by Regent President Charles Pruitt and business leader Kathi Seifert. Pruitt, a member…

Fall Primary Election Next Week

Wisconsin’s fall primary election will be held Tuesday, September 14. There are several elections of local interest, including the Democratic contest in the 77th Assembly District. PROFS hosted a forum of candidates last month, giving faculty the opportunity to learn…

Graduate Education Funding Included in UW System Budget Proposal

The campaign to secure more funding for graduate education at UW-Madison won a major victory this week when the University of Wisconsin System included $5.4 million for graduate education in its proposed budget for the 2011-2013 biennium. The Decision Item…

A move to end furloughs and restore raises

This piece by AP reporter Ryan Foley details efforts by the University of Wisconsin System to end state-mandated furloughs for non-represented University of Wisconsin employees and to restore the 2% pay raises for faculty and academic staff eliminated from the…

Court Rules Against State’s Transfer of Funds

Earlier this week, the Wisconsin State Supreme Court ruled that the 2007 raid of the state’s medical malpractice fund was illegal. Governor Doyle and the Legislature approved the $200 million transfer of funds from the Injured Patients and Families Compensation…

State Faces Possible $2.5 Billion Structural Deficit

Last week, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau released a memo to all legislators detailing a potential $2.5 billion structural deficit for the next Legislature. The memo relies on current fiscal parameters and the deficit could change with revenue growth or program…

The Capital Times: Chancellor Martin at 2 Years

Last week, Paul Fanlund of The Capital Times offered an in-depth analysis of Chancellor Biddy Martin’s first two years at UW-Madison. Fanlund found Martin to be an optimistic and enthusiastic leader who remains exceedingly careful and disciplined. Her approach to…

Legislative Special Committee Appointments

Many thanks to the following faculty members who have generously agreed to serve on legislative special committees: Jeff Patterson, Family Medicine; Special Committee on Health Care Access Roberta Riportella, Consumer Science; Special Committee on Health Care Access Sara Goldrick-Rab, Educational…