State budget update
Also check the UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library's Wisconsin State Budget page for access to government documents regarding the budget repair bill and 2011-13 state budget.
Feb. 15, 2012
The Joint Finance Committee met Feb. 15 to consider a Department of Administration budget lapse plan for the 2011-12 fiscal year that includes $123.3 million in budget cuts and other belt-tightening measures, including $46 million in cuts to the UW System. The committee approved the DOA recommendation on a 12-4 vote. See Wisconsin Eye coverage (1 hr. 24 min.) and Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage of the lapse meeting.
Nov. 2, 2011
Oct. 28, 2011
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial signed by UW System President Kevin Reilly and chancellors calls state leaders to redress inequities in state's midyear budget lapse.
Oct. 19, 2011
UW System chancellors comment on the latest cuts faced by system universities. Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.
UW System reports that the system's colleges, universities, and extension networks could lose another $46 million in state taxpayer support during fiscal 2011-12, and take an additional loss of $19.6 million next fiscal year. Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Wisconsin State Journal, Eau Claire Leader-Telegram articles.
Oct. 18, 2011
Oct. 14, 2011
June 17, 2011
State budget bill passes Senate in 19-14 vote with no changes. Budget awaits signature by Gov. Walker. Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage.
June 16, 2011
State Assembly passes 2011-13 budget bill including preservation of broadband Internet program. Bill moves on to Senate. Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal coverage, and watch proceedings live at WisconsinEye.
June 15, 2011
State Supreme Court orders reinstatement of Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining law. If published by June 28, law will go into effect June 29. Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article.
June 7, 2011
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich is quoted in an Eau Claire Leader-Telegram article about the impact on UW-Eau Claire of the state budget cuts proposed June 3 by the Joint Finance Committee.
June 6, 2011
The Wisconsin Supreme Court hears arguments today on whether it should decide if Republicans violated Wisconsin's open meetings law as they passed Gov. Scott Walker's collective bargaining law. Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal coverage, and watch the hearing live on WisconsinEye.
June 3, 2011
The state Legislature's Joint Finance Committee finishes its work on Gov. Scott Walker's 2011-13 biennial budget, which includes $250 million in cuts for the UW System. Read the UW System omnibus budget motion, a UW System statement on the committee's action as well as Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal coverage.
May 26, 2011
A Dane County judge issues a permanent injunction against Gov. Scott Walker's legislation repealing most collective bargaining for public employees. Read Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal coverage.
April 20, 2011
March 31, 2011
Judge Maryann Sumi ordered this morning that Wisconsin's new collective bargaining law has not been published and is not in effect. Read Wisconsin State Journal coverage.
March 18, 2011
A Dane County judge has issued a temporary order blocking implementation of a new state law limiting collective bargaining rights for public employees. Read Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage.
March 16, 2011
Gov. Scott Walker will discuss the impact of the state budget on education during a 3 p.m. press conference today. The event will be broadcast live on wisconsineye.org.
March 14, 2011
Gov. Scott Walker has released his proposed 2011-13 capital budget, which includes $44 million for an education building at UW-Eau Claire. Read complete list of capital budget recommendations.
March 11, 2011
Gov. Walker also rescinded layoff notices to 1,500 state employees that had been sent to state unions last week. Read WisPolitics.com coverage.
Facing more than $250 million in budget cuts over the next two years, on March 10 the UW System Board of Regents endorsed the "Wisconsin Idea Partnership," which would provide managerial flexibilities to all UW campuses and preserve a unified UW System. Read press release.
March 10, 2011
State Assembly passes budget repair bill, 53-42. Bill heads to Gov. Scott Walker's desk for his signature. Media coverage: Wisconsin State Journal, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, New York Times, The Washington Post
State Assembly to convene at 11 today to take action on amended budget repair bill: Watch session live on www.wiseye.org.
March 9, 2011
This evening the State Senate, without debate, passed all the nonfiscal provisions of the budget adjustment bill. The substitute amendment passed 18-1, with no Democrats present. Tomorrow, the Assembly will convene at 11 to take action on the amended bill.
Chancellor Brian Levin-Stankevich to host forum for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff on the impact of proposed state budget legislation on the university and its employees. View archived video broadcast.
March 2, 2011
March 1, 2011
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel early reporting on Gov. Walker's proposed 2011-13 budget.
Feb. 28, 2011
Gov. Scott Walker will hold a press conference today at 1:10 p.m. at the Chippewa Valley Regional Airport. More information.
Feb. 26, 2011
Associated Press article: "Facts in short supply in debate over union bill"
Feb. 25, 2011
The State Senate has given preliminary approval to the budget repair bill passed earlier today by the Assembly, putting the bill in a state where it can no longer be amended. See Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage.
The State Assembly passed Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill 51-17 at 1:07 a.m. Feb. 25. See Milwaukee Journal Sentinel coverage.
Also see the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel's Q&A, "Answers to common questions on budget-repair bill."
Feb. 22, 2011
Gov. Scott Walker will address the people of Wisconsin tonight at 6 p.m. WEAU-TV will carry the address live during its 6 p.m. newscast.
The State Assembly at 11 a.m. today is scheduled to take up debate on Gov. Scott Walker's budget repair bill. Democrats are expected to offer more than 100 amendments to the bill: See Milwaukee Journal Sentinel and Wisconsin State Journal reporting. Live coverage can be viewed online at www.wiseye.org.
Feb. 20, 2011
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Democrats consider staying out past refinance deadline; GOP plans action on other bills
Feb. 18, 2011
Wisconsin State Journal: Unions offer concessions as Capitol stalemate, protests continue
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Republicans rescind vote on budget-repair bill
Governor Walker’s office announced this afternoon that the Governor’s 2011-13 budget address has been rescheduled to March 1 and will now be held in the state Assembly chambers. It was previously scheduled for Feb. 22 at Vita Plus in Fitchburg.
Feb. 17, 2011
Gov. Scott Walker press conference, 4:45 p.m.: live coverage on WisconsinEye.
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Senate Democrats boycott Thursday vote on Walker's budget planFeb.
Wisconsin State Journal: Senate Dems leaving city to avoid participating in budget vote
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Legislature could act Thursday on budget plan, Joint Finance Committee approves package late Wednesday
Wisconsin State Journal: Controversial budget bill passes committee, moves to Senate
Feb. 16, 2011
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Walker says his budget bill could change in response to GOP lawmakers
UW System FAQs re: Potential Impact of Budget Repair Bill on UW System Employee Benefits
Feb. 15, 2011
The Wisconsin Legislature's Joint Committee on Finance is holding a public hearing on Gov. Scott Walker's recently announced budget repair bill and is expected to vote on the bill today or Feb. 16. See the live webstream of the hearing at www.wiseye.org.
Feb. 14, 2011Gov. Scott Walker will answer media questions about his budget repair bill at 2 p.m. Feb. 14. Live coverage of the news conference can be viewed online at www.wiseye.org.
Board of Regents February meeting summary: UW System, Board of Regents call for increased management flexibilities for UW campuses
Feb. 11, 2011
Dec. 16, 2011, Q&A with Student Senate President Phil Rynish (Video)
Nov. 15, 2011, State budget lapse FAQs
Nov. 15, 2011, Chancellor's message regarding state budget lapse
March 9, 2011, archived video broadcast of state budget issues forum for UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff.
Feb. 25, 2011, remarks during special meeting of the UW System Board of Regents (follow audio or video link for Feb. 25 summary, fast-forward to 3:50:30 [audio] or 3:15:14 [video] to start of chancellor's comments)
Feb. 17, 2011, message to faculty and staff regarding student walkout
Feb. 15, 2011, letter to state legislators regarding budget repair bill
Feb. 14, 2011, budget repair bill message to faculty and staff
Feb. 11, 2011, budget repair bill message to UW-Eau Claire faculty and staff
UW System 2011-13 Biennial Budget Fact Sheet (summary of major provisions affecting UW System)
Office of State Employment Relations (OSER) Q&A regarding the budget repair bill (effective dates listed in this document pertain to classified employees only)
UW System FAQs re: Potential Impact of Budget Repair Bill on UW System Employee Benefits
UW-Eau Claire media memo: Budget repair bill impact on UW-Eau Claire employees
Text of budget repair bill: See the UW-Eau Claire McIntyre Library's Wisconsin State Budget page