WI Budget Released

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Education programs will face cuts under Gov. Doyle's budget.

Doyle Tuesday night proposed cutting $250 million over the next two years from the University of Wisconsin System budget. He also would give state public schools $300 million less than the two-thirds funding districts have counted on for nearly a decade.

Doyle says the money is not there because of the $3.2 billion deficit the state faces.

The state budget Doyle proposed would provide about five billion dollars to public schools each year.

That includes aid to cover the cost of special education and English as a second language and bilingual programs.

Doyle's budget proposal also would:

  • Abolish the qualified economic offer, which allows school boards to avoid arbitration with teachers unions by offering pay and benefit increases of 3.8 percent each year.

  • Prohibit the UW System's Board of Regents from increasing tuition more than $350 per semester at UW-Madison and UW-Milwaukee and $250 per semester at other campuses.

    Full Transcript of Gov. Doyle's Speech