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.