UW-Eau Claire officials say Evers’ budget proposal would help stabilize funding

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Eau Claire (WQOW) – Officials from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire are happy with Governor Tony Evers’ first budget proposal.

The plan includes a $150 million budget increase for the UW system to fund the continuation of a tuition freeze, a pay increase for UW system employees, a provision that ensures all Wisconsin students pay in-state tuition regardless of immigration status, as well as a study to determine whether or not it’s feasible to create a student loan refinancing authority.

“This budget stabilizes our funding, recognizes that inflation is a real thing, provides minimal pay increases, two percent in each of two years, for employers to help retain the great faculty and staff we have,” University of Wisconsin Eau Claire Chancellor James Schmidt said. Schmidt said the UW system is the economic driver for the state, making a huge difference in the community.
Schmidt is fairly confident a great deal of the proposal will have the support of the Republican legislature. If the proposal doesn’t go through, he thinks Republican lawmakers will make adjustments.
Savanna Tomei

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