Monthly Archives: April 2013

Joint Finance Committee Begins Voting

The Joint Finance Committee began voting on the 2013-15 biennial budget last week, and voting continues today. A cumulative list of budget papers is here. On Friday, the committee discussed the Departments of Military Affairs, Natural Resources, and Tourism. A…

State Building Commission Delays Vote on UW Projects

The State Building Commission decided yesterday to delay a vote on all but one University of Wisconsin building projects. A list of UW items on the April agenda is here. Projects previously approved, including funding for the Babcock Hall Dairy…

Governor Walker Says He Will Make Changes to UW Budget

Governor Scott Walker said yesterday that he intends to make changes to his 2013-15 biennial budget recommendation for the University of Wisconsin System. Details are expected in the next seven to ten days. The governor’s original budget proposal for UW…

PolitiFact on UW System’s “Reserves”

Leaders of the University of Wisconsin System have faced a firestorm of criticism since the Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported last Friday that System holds more than $1 billion in financial reserves. The report found that UW System had a cash balance of…

Joint Committee on Employment Relations to Discuss UW-Madison’s HR Plan

The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Employment Relations (JCOER) will meet today at 10 am to discuss UW-Madison’s new personnel system. Discussion of UW System’s proposed personnel system is also on the agenda. The legislature directed UW-Madison and UW Syste to develop…

Proposed Bill Could Limit Research on Campus

Representative Andre Jacque (R-De Pere) said last week that he plans to reintroduce legislation that would limit the use of fetal tissue in scientific research. Similar legislation was introduced, but did not pass, last session. The proposed bill could seriously…

Democrats to Hold Budget Hearings

Democratic leaders and members of the Joint Committee on Finance announced last week they would hold ten public budget hearings around the state in the coming weeks. The Finance Committee is currently in the middle of holding four official public…

Rep. Pocan Discusses Federal Sequestration

Newly-elected Congressman Mark Pocan visited UW-Madison yesterday to discuss the federal budget sequester with faculty. Representative Pocan met with a dozen researchers who told him that UW-Madison will see a reduction of more than $30 million in federal research funding…

Location Change for Joint Finance Committee Public Hearing

The Thursday, April 10 Joint Finance Committee public hearing on Governor Scott Walker’s proposed 2013-15 budget has been moved to the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells. It was originally scheduled to be held in the Crystal Grand Theatre in Lake…

Regents to Meet Thursday and Friday in La Crosse

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet Thursday and Friday, April 4 and 5 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Audio and video stream of the meeting will be available here. The full board will meet Thursday…