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COUNCIL APPROVES BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS FOR STATE BIANNUAL BUDGET

November 9, 2012

The Associated Students of Madison voted in favor of passing legislation on ASM’s position regarding the UW-System funding in the state biennial budget, which is currently being formulated by Governor Walker.

The resolution will be forwarded to the Governor’s office, and members of Legislative Affairs will continue to lobby for students and for the approved statements in this legislation. The legislation stated ASM support of:

  • The creation of a tuition cap to make sure students of all socioeconomic statuses are financially able to access the University
  • The state funding of two-thirds of tuition for each student
  • UW-System maintaining costs of programming
  • An increase in need-based financial aid
  • New and existing UW programs that intend to increase the rate of degree attainment

Legislative Affairs Chair Dan Statter stated: “We are devoted to ensuring every student in the UW-System has the opportunity to further their education in Wisconsin, and that we are upholding the accessibility of this university. Unfortunately, state support has been declining drastically in the past decade for the System, and it is our duty to represent students when tuition increases are discussed. This resolution sends a clear message that our campus and our families are hitting hard times, and that we are dedicated to representing the concerns of our fellow 42,000 students.”

Legislative Affairs Committee will continue discussing the issue at its upcoming meeting of November 5th, 7pm in the SAC Caucus Room. Please direct Media Inquiries to David Gardner at 952-356-5807.

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