Budget Doesn't Benefit Education in Wisconsin

By KBJR News 1

June 28, 2011 Updated Jun 28, 2011 at 11:01 AM CDT

Superior, WI (Northlands NewsCenter) - Three Billion dollars was the total amount that Wisconsin needed to close the budgetary gap. However, Education was an area in Wisconsin that will be getting cut.

Education is the foundation that allows people to prosper in this world. As Vice Chancellor of UW Superior Jan Hanson says,

"Education is hugely important what we're doing is educating the leaders of tomorrow, the leaders that will run this state, run this country and run the world."

Governor Scott Walker signed a two year budget worth a total of 66 billion dollars, with deep cuts to many agencies.

"Our budget priorities make the spending necessary to move our state forward by providing for critical services our citizens require today and investing in tools to grow our economy and create new jobs for tomorrow."

However, Wisconsin education took a blow and will be cut 1.85 Billion dollars. The U-W school system will be out 250 million dollars, a figure that Hanson is remaining optimistic about.

"I think we could have seen much more drastic cuts. From the University of Wisconsin systems perspective 250 million dollars is a huge piece of our budget. For our campus it's just a little over three million dollars."

As the Wisconsin school system looks to implement that budget reduction, Hanson says the focus of their spending will remain the same.

"Is always going to be on students services, student experience and quality academic programs. So we're having to sharpen our pencils and give some careful thought to what services, what kinds of things we can achieve from an operational efficiencies perspective."

As to whether any of the additional costs will be passed on to students in the form of higher tuition, that will be decided by the board of regents. That board of regents meeting is scheduled for late this July.