The Joint Finance Committee will vote on motions relating to the University of Wisconsin System on Thursday. The committee will also discuss the Departments of Financial Institutions, Justice, and Transportation; the Educational Communications Board; and the Higher Education Aids Board.
Last week, Governor Scott Walker released an errata to his original budget proposal. The governor now favors a two-year tuition freeze along with a reduction in the amount of new money for UW System. The following budget papers were prepared in advance of Thursday’s meeting:
- PR Appropriation Balances (Paper #675)
- GPR Funding Increase and Compensation Plans (Paper #676)
- Incentive Grants (Paper #677)
- Carbone Cancer Center (Paper #678)
- Funding for Medical School Programs (Paper #679)
- Flexible Option (Paper #680)
- Core General Education Courses Transfer Agreement (Paper #681)
- Eligibility of Veterans for Tuition and Fee Remissions (Paper #682)
- Eligibility of Children and Spouses of Certain Veterans for Tuition and Fee Remissions (Paper #683)
The Joint Finance Committee will consider faculty and staff compensation (Paper #676). UW-System and UW-Madison were granted authority to create their own compensation plans as part of the 2011-13 budget, and Governor Walker proposed removing the requirement that compensation plans must be approved by the Joint Committee on Employment Relations as part of his 2013-15 budget proposal.
The Fiscal Bureau offers four alternatives for the committee to consider Thursday:
- Approve the governor’s recommendation.
- Modify the governor’s recommendation to require Board of Regent approval of a UW-Madison pay plan.
- Modify the governor’s recommendation to grant authority for a faculty-only pay plan. Transfer funds for academic staff and other university staff (classified) to the compensation reserve.
- Delete the provision and transfer all funds to the compensation reserve.