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 that UW System would shoulder the largest percentage of the cut — $46.1 million, on top of the $250 million cut from the 2011-13 biennial budget last summer. UW-Madison’s share of the cut will be $18.1 million in FY 2012 and $7.7 million in FY 2013, resulting in a $25.8 million cut over the next two years. UW System President Kevin Reilly argued that the cuts would be devastating to students and could result in larger class sizes, fewer classes, and decreased student services. The Republican-led Joint Finance Committee is expected to approve the cuts.