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Budget woes for WI universities

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LA CROSSE, Wisconsin (WXOW) - UW-Madison will remain a part of the University of Wisconsin System. However, UW schools are expecting massive cuts in the state budget.

UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow said the proposed budget gives him more flexibility with how to handle state funding, but the plan, recently approved by the joint finance committee, cuts nearly $250 million from the system. That's an average of 11% per school.

Gow said that's only part of the problem because the state's plan also limits any tuition raise to 5.5% percent.

"That's an understandable impulse," said Gow. "Everybody would like tuition to stay as low as possible. Certainly the last thing we want to do is raise tuition, but if you're doing that--capping the tuition--and at the same time taking a very significant cut to state funding, that means we're going to have fewer resources. And that's what troubles us the most about this budget."

Gow said he hopes legislators will address these issues before the assembly takes up the budget next week.

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