UWS Hopes for More State Funding

UW System asks State for $42.5 Million Budget Increase

SUPERIOR, Wis. – Over the last five years, the University of Wisconsin System has faced $362 million in funding cuts from the state government.

Because of that decrease, the University of Wisconsin-Superior has had to make significant cuts of its own. But this year, UWS is hoping to see an increase in state funding.

Earlier this year, the University of Wisconsin-Superior faced a $4.5 million budget shortfall forcing them to make over $2 million in cuts. But the University is hopeful no more cuts will need to be made.

Enrollment at UWS increased this fall for the first time since 2010. More students means more revenue for the school.

This year, the UW System is asking for a $42.5 million budget increase from the state, which would be divided among the system’s 13 two year and 13 four year campuses statewide, including Superior.

“There’s cautious optimism that, at least for the first time in several years, there won’t be devastating cuts,” says UWS Director of Communications Daniel Fanning. “There actually seems to be some wiggle room for some increases in funding.”

Even without more state funds, UWS leaders are confident they can avoid future cuts with their enrollment increase, but would like to see more state funding to help them balance their budget and possibly offer additional programs.

Governor Scott Walker is expected to make his budget proposal sometime in the next few months. The new budget will take effect on July 1st.