Tag: 2023-25 capital budget

PROFS and ASPRO State Budget Forum

View of the red front door of the UW-Madison Education BuildingPROFS and ASPRO will host a campus forum on the state budget at 4 pm, Tuesday, May 2 in the Wisconsin Idea Room in the Education Building, 1000 Bascom Mall. This event is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Our panel:

PROFS Legislative Representative Jack O’Meara will moderate.

In February, Governor Tony Evers announced a $104 billion spending plan that reflected the state’s record $7.1 billion surplus. The governor’s budget focused on increased funding for K-12 education and aid to local governments, middle-class tax cuts, and seed funding for a paid parental leave program for most of the state’s workers, but Republican leaders said they plan to work off the current base budget and create their own plan in the Joint Finance Committee.

The governor also announced a $3.8 billion capital budget, which directed $1.8 billion to UW System. Evers’ plan included four major projects at UW-Madison: a new Engineering Building, a new Athletics practice facility, new space for the Art Department, and restoration of Music Hall, but his proposal was deadlocked in the State Building Commission, leaving the Republican-led Joint Finance Committee to determine the capital budget as well.

Our panelists will offer insight on what a GOP-crafted budget may look like and how Governor Evers may use his veto authority once the bill reaches his desk later this summer.

UW-Madison State Budget Priorities

Governor Tony Evers will deliver his first State of the State Address of his second term in office at 7 pm tonight. Coverage of the speech is available on Wisconsin Public Radio and PBS Wisconsin.

While a preview of the speech was not made available, the governor is expected to offer some insight on where he might direct some of the state’s record $6.6 billion budget surplus as part of the 2023-25 biennial budget.

PROFS has already met with members of Governor Evers’ staff to discuss the upcoming budget, and UW-Madison has outlined its priorities in the handout below. The budget process is lengthy and begins  on February 15 when the governor delivers his biennial budget message.

PROFS is actively involved throughout the entire process and will continue to keep faculty and the entire university community informed over the coming months. Follow PROFS on Facebook and Twitter for the most current information.

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August Board of Regents Meeting

The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents will meet in Green Bay on Thursday and Friday, August 18 and 19. The meeting will be held in the UW-Green Bay University Union and livestreamed via Webex.

Regents will meet in committee Thursday morning:

  • The Business & Finance Committee will hear several reports and presentations, including one from UW-Green Bay on investing in access and student success. The committee will also discuss the 2023-25 biennial budget request which includes funding for 4% employee pay increases in each year of the biennium, a 4% increase in general operation funding, and funding for the Wisconsin Tuition Promise.
  • The Education Committee will discuss the benefit and challenges of direct admissions, hear a presentation from UW-Green Bay on how the university thinks differently about higher education, and consider approval of three new degree programs at UW-Green Bay (Master of Public Administration), UW-Madison (Master of Science in Engineering Management), and UW-Parkside (Master of Science in Physician Assistant).
  • The Audit Committee will discuss several topics related to internal audits and compliance and hear UW-Green Bay’s Annual Division I Athletics Report.
  • The Capital Planning & Budget Committee will hear a report on UW-Green Bay and consider approval of the 2023-25 capital budget request.The capital budget request focuses on repairing aging facilities, modernizing learning environments, removing obsolete facilities, expanding STEM and health sciences education, and promoting improved planning. UW-Madison projects included in the 2023-25 capital budget request include a new Engineering building, relocation of the Art Department, replacement of the Camp Randall Sports Center (The Shell), and several smaller projects.

The full board will meet Thursday afternoon and Friday morning.

Thursday’s agenda includes updates from UW System President Jay Rothman and Board of Regents President Karen Walsh, presentations on affordability and how student aid can improve talent development and the number of college graduates in the state. The board will also vote on the 2023-25 biennial and capital budgets.

On Friday, the board will review and consider approval of committee work and have panel discussions on advising and talent engagement and workforce readiness in northeastern Wisconsin.