UW-Green Bay students discuss proposed budget cuts

GREEN BAY, Wis (WFRV) Governor Walker’s proposed $300 million cut to the UW-System continues to spark debate. Monday students, concerned with the plan gathered for a roundtable discussion at UW-Green Bay.

At UW-Green Bay, discussion over the impact of millions of dollars of possible cuts to the UW-System, at a roundtable discussion about what those cuts mean to these students. Along with the plan that would give the u-w system it’s own new authority – to spend dollars it does take in.

“It’s not giving the school enough time to figure out the budget for next year,” said senior, Casey Krueger.

“A lot of people, students faculty concerned with the authority,” said student Paul Ahrens. “Not because they see it as a bad thing – but a broad concept that they want more details hammered out  – what it means -what moving to it means.”

At UW-Green Bay, the school faces a $4 million cut in 2015-16, $3 million less in 2016-17. Chancellor Gary Miller told faculty last week, these cuts will hurt as multiple positions go unfilled while he looks at strategies that hopefully prevent layoffs.

“This cut is too large, it will have a serious effect on the University of Wisconsin and on all of its institutions,” said Miller.

Anger over the governor’s proposed budget remains strong. This weekend 500 people braved cold weather in Madison to protest the UW-System cuts.
Monday protesters walked outside the governor’s home in Wauwatosa. Here at UW-Green Bay students like Paul Aherns and many more – just try to stay informed.

“The cuts are way too deep this is not a business, this produces quality education this produces quality education and human beings,” Aherns said.

Months of debate remains until the governor’s proposal is voted on. But students are worried – since Republicans control both chambers of the Legislature.

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