State Relations

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On September 21, the 2017–19 Wisconsin state budget was signed into law by Governor Walker. The budget was nearly three months late: its due date was July 1. Included in the budget is the following:

  • $50 million increase in funding for the UW System, and another $31 million in funds directly tied to performance metrics
  • Continued tuition freeze from previous budgets
  • 2% wage increase for UW faculty in each year of the biennium

Additional funding will be provided for the following programs:

Investments in students, faculty, and facilities are what make a great university a world-class university. As governor two decades ago, I proudly invested in knowledge and research—and the return on that investment continues across campus.Governor Tommy Thompson

  • Carbon Cancer Center to expand its precision medicine program
  • Alzheimer’s and Dementia research
  • School of Medicine and Public Health for its rural Physician residency assistance program
  • Tommy G. Thompson Center for Public Leadership

The following capital projects were approved as well:

  • $23.6 million for Lot 62 by the veterinary medicine building
  • $32.7 million for Lathrop Drive utility project

At a Crossroads

For more than 160 years, the state of Wisconsin and its flagship university have worked together to improve life for all Wisconsinites.

The Wisconsin Idea is alive and well, but it still needs your support. Facing declining state funds and rising educational costs, UW—Madison is at a crossroads. While the state once contributed more than 40% of our budget, today it provides just 15%. We have relentlessly pursued costs savings and efficiencies across campus, from facilities to administration to IT to personnel. But it’s not enough. In order to continue providing a world-class education for Wisconsin families, we need a reinvestment from the state.

The state’s generous support of the university built a world-renowned institution with a global footprint right in our own backyard. For the future students across this state — and for the future of this state — reinvest in UW.

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University Basics

A crash course on the issues.

UW 2017 Budget Talking Points

Talking points on how to support UW-Madison during the 2017 budget cycle. Learn more at

The UW Budget in Brief

Revenue and how it’s distributed.

Learn more about lifesaving research and the use of fetal tissue

Research using fetal tissue contributes to the fight against a long list of illnesses, including asthma, birth defects, cancer, heart failure, and Alzheimer’s disease.

For questions or more information, contact Mike Fahey at 608-308-5110.

Federal Relations

Federal Relations

Since first receiving a land grant to greatly expand the university in 1862 under Abraham Lincoln’s administration, UW–Madison has relied on a strong relationship with the federal government to cultivate excellence in the state. Arguably the most vital parts of this relationship, to the university and our society, are investments in research, and in students through financial aid. Thirty-one percent of UW’s budget is from the federal government, and most of this is competitively awarded to the school for research.

On May 23rd, President Trump delivered his budget address to Congress. The proposed budget, which cuts spending from many different areas, was met with apprehension from Congress. Student aid and university research are among the targeted cuts that would affect UW–Madison.

In response to some of the budget’s many changes, our request to Congress is to…

Protect Federally Funded Research — UW–Madison is a premier research institution, ranking in the top six in total research dollars among all US universities. We use our research activities to educate students who will become the next generation’s scientists, teachers, and leaders in government an industry. UW has a proud tradition of ground-breaking research. In the past year alone, UW made discoveries that are moving us closer to a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and led the world in building our arsenal against viruses like Zika and Ebola. Continued federal investment in university research and development is what will fuel new discoveries that impact generations to come. We ask the federal government to continue to support funding for scientific research. More information on research and the budget.

To ensure growth and scientific development, the university constantly needs bright new minds working on this research. Affordability is key to helping disadvantaged students access all that UW has to offer. UW–Madison students receive various type of financial aid, including government and private loans, scholarships, and grants. Financial aid affects 36 percent of current UW–Madison students. The budget proposed by President Trump cuts funding for Federal Work-Study program in half, and eliminates completely the Perkins Loan Program, directly cutting funding to 3,265 students with financial need. To maintain access for all, we ask that Congress…

Extend the Perkins Loan Program — This program is allowed to expire on September 30, 2017. This would eliminate a source of low-interest campus-based loans for high-need students. Nationally, over 500,000 students depend on Perkins, including over 3,500 at UW–Madison. The federal government has not contributed to Perkins in over a decade; the program is self-funding. Madison Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) has introduced bipartisan legislation to continue the Perkins extension for another two years. We urge Congress to support this extension to help the neediest of students. More information on the Perkins Loan Program.

Tell Congress to support research and student aid

As Congress now revises the President’s budget proposal, encourage your representatives to support the UW and students across the nation. Research funding and financial aid are at stake and we need your help to reinvest in education.

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