University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire
State Budget Update
News Bureau Schofield Hall 201 Eau Claire, WI 54702
phone: (715) 836-4741
fax: (715) 836-2900

Budget Message
From Chancellor Donald Mash

April 23, 2003

This week the Wisconsin Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee began work to develop its budget plan. We already know Gov. Doyle’s proposal and its potential impact on us. I am now writing to all members of the university community to provide an update on our budget situation, to explain where we are today and to provide a context of what lies ahead. Later in this message I refer you to more detailed information on our Web site so that you may gain a more complete understanding of our actions and progress.

It has not been business as usual during the current biennium. It will certainly not be business as usual during the next two academic years as we plan and implement what is likely to be a $5 million budget reduction. Since the fall we have been preparing in earnest for this magnitude of a budget reduction while adhering to a set of budget-guiding principles. Prior to the fall we wisely began positioning our campus to soften the blow in the coming biennium.

The budget plan we have been developing is a snapshot guide at a point in time, subject to revisions and the final decisions of the legislature and Gov. Doyle. As a result of our sound budget-guiding principles and our diligent, careful work, I believe we are well prepared to deal with the challenging times ahead. For example, over the most recent two-year period, we have not filled several key positions in anticipation of coming budget reductions. As a result, we are hopeful we will be able to avoid layoffs. We also have been prudent in the use of our university planning reserve funds. These actions and others will enable us to minimize the pain.

Campuswide consultations have been conducted in a variety of formats throughout the year. I call your attention to one final budget forum planned for this school year and invite you to join me, Provost Satz, Vice Chancellor Soll and others to further discuss our current situation. That session will be held:

Monday, May 5, 2003, 4 p.m., Schofield Auditorium

I direct your attention to budget detail information that has just been added to the prominent State Budget Update link on the UW-Eau Claire home page. The information complements and supplements this e-mail message and includes:

Our Web site has been continually updated with information that should be helpful to you as the budget management process unfolds. We will continue the process of updating the Web site as additional information becomes available. In the meantime, during the latter part of May and into the summer, we will continue to work very hard to refine and enhance our budget plan while continuing to actively advocate for the best possible budget proposal with our legislators and the governor.


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Updated: April 23, 2003