Lots of Thompson’s priorities, corresponding to expanded tuition grants and environmental analysis, are within the System’s funds request for the 2021-2023 biennium. In Gov. Tony Evers’ funds announcement final month, he allotted over $190 million to the System and accredited a lot of the requested initiatives.
Evers additionally advisable $1 billion in capital tasks for the System. Thompson mentioned Wednesday that consolidating buildings and bodily areas may be one other step in rethinking the way forward for schooling.
“We will solely afford a lot in increased schooling,” Thompson mentioned. “The taxpayers can solely spend a lot cash and have a lot cash go to increased schooling.”
Monetary considerations in increased schooling have solely worsened in the course of the COVID-19 pandemic. Clean estimated that, by the top of the fiscal yr in June, UW-Madison can have misplaced about $320 million greater than it anticipated one yr in the past.
Nonetheless, Clean has remained hopeful concerning the college’s monetary future and mentioned final month that cautious budgeting may have the college again on observe inside two years. She once more lauded Evers’ funds and urged WCA to assist advocate for Evers’ funds proposals, particularly elevated state investments in UW-Extension.