UW-Stout: Chancellor Meyer statement on budget signing

Contact Doug Mell, 715-232-1198, or melld@uwstout.edu.

 

Chancellor Meyer issued the following statement after Gov. Tony Evers signed the 2019-21 state budget after issuing 78 partial vetoes:

I am very pleased that the final budget contains two 2 percent salary increases for eligible UW System employees, which will go into effect Jan. 1, 2020, and Jan. 1, 2021. I made securing additional salary increases for our dedicated, hard-working and student-centered employees the top priority for this budget cycle, and I want to thank the governor and the Legislature for this pay package.

We also are thankful that the governor and the Legislature approved our proposal to remodel our South Hall residence hall. This renovation will give our first-year students a modern facility at a fraction of the cost of building a new residence hall.

It would be disingenuous, however, not to express my disappointment at the level of state aid we will receive in this budget. The $45 million approved by the Legislature was less than half the governor proposed and comes with more restrictions. Coupled with a continued tuition freeze, this will make navigating the fiscal landscape of 2019-21 extremely difficult.

 

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