UW Madison sees smaller share of new state funding

Flagship funding shifted to other campuses

UW-Madison advocacy group blasts plan to give other campuses bigger share of funding

A lobbying group made up of UW-Madison alumni and donors is criticizing the University of Wisconsin System’s plan to pull $6.5 million of new funding from the flagship campus and distribute it among smaller institutions.

The System’s proposed operating budget for the 2017-18 fiscal year, released earlier this week, calls for dividing a $25 million state funding increase based on a new model that gives UW-Madison less than a third of the money it would have received under the typical allocation formula.

The Board of Regents will vote Thursday on the campus funding plan and budget.

UW-Madison officials said Tuesday that they are concerned about how much money the proposal moves from their campus to the rest of the System, but are willing to share the funding as a one-time measure.

Badger Advocates, an organization founded in 2016 that lobbies for UW-Madison but is not affiliated with the institution, took a sharper tone in a statement Wednesday.

“This is bad for UW-Madison and bad for Wisconsin,” executive director Matt Kussow said of the System’s plan. “It is a short-sighted decision that punishes success and fosters an environment which pits member campuses against each other.”

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