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June 3 Letter from UW Officials on Joint Finance Actions

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on Friday, June 10, 2011 in State Legislation/Initiatives
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The following letter was widely distributed throughout the UW System last Friday, June 3: Dear UW System Colleagues,Late Friday, the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee (JFC) completed its work on the proposed 2011-13 biennial budget bill, including provisions related to the University of Wisconsin System. Keeping with the budget proposal submitted by Governor Walker, the committee approved a $250-million reduction in state taxpayer support for UW System over the next two years. Legislators offered many significant amendments to the bill, preserving our unified UW System and offering many long-sought administrative flexibilities to all UW institutions.Here is a brief summary of the JFC amendments: is the official public statement we issued after the committee vote: from around the state (including many of you) spoke up in support of preserving a unified UW System that includes UW-Madison, and Legislators listened. UW Regents, Chancellors, and other state leaders argued convincingly in favor of new administrative...