Monthly Archives: December 2011

Lapse Cuts As Expected

The Department of Administration announced last week its plan for a $174.3 million budget lapse over the current 2011-13 biennium. $123.2 million must be cut from FY 2011-12, with the remainder coming in FY 2012-13. It was announced in October…

Report Shows Public Employee Pay Reductions Hurt Economy

Professor Steven Deller, a faculty member in the Department of Agricultural and Applied Economics, spoke at a press conference Tuesday and shared his research on the state’s economy. Deller found that a 7.7 percent pay reduction (roughly the amount of…

The Crisis of the Public University

Professor Nancy Scheper-Hughes, a professor of medical anthropology at the University of California-Berkeley, offers her opinion on the future of public higher education in The Chronicle of Higher Education Review. Scheper-Hughes writes in response to the violent reaction by police…

2011 Legislative Review

2011 has been an historic year for both the state of Wisconsin and UW-Madison. The year began with massive change in the statehouse, continued with a proposal that had the potential to split UW-Madison from UW System, and concludes with…

Governor Walker Signs Bill Requiring Geographic Representation on the Board of Regents

Senate Bill 28, which requires geographic representation on the University of Wisconsin Board of Regents, was signed into law by Governor Scott Walker yesterday. The legislation adds the following language to Chapter 15.91 of the Wisconsin Statutes: “At least one…

Senate Higher Education Committee Scheduled to Confirm Regent Appointees

The Senate Committee on Agriculture, Forestry, and Higher Education will meet at 2:30 pm on Thursday, December 8. The committee, chaired by Senator Dale Schultz (R-Richland Center) will consider Governor Scott Walker’s first appointments to the University of Wisconsin System…