Once a bipartisan issue, support for higher education is now split down party lines with House’s tax reform proposal.
House’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act would reduce tax benefits and savings for college students by $65 billion over the next decade.
House and Senate offer differing tax reform plans, with the House’s taking more digs at families and students financing a college education.
Governor Tommy Thompson, who was the longest serving Governor in Wisconsin history, and Ambassador and former Assembly Speaker Tom Loftus, who was the longest-serving Speaker in Wisconsin history, shared their perspectives on partisanship and political gridlock at a panel discussion, “Tom and Tommy: Bridging the Political Divide” at One Alumni Place on Thursday, October 12.
The legislature’s building commission unanimously passed a capital plan that will be added to the state budget. The plan funds multiple projects requested around campus.
The Senate’s budget proposes borrowing $712 million for roads, and likely maintains Gov. Walker’s funding plans for the UW system.
Alumni and donors from Badger Advocates have displayed a more critical reaction to the plan than UW-Madison officials.
Although the system as a whole is set to receive $25 million more in the state budget, a new formula would allot a smaller amount than usual to UW – Madison in favor of helping other campuses.
Following a series of incidents in which conservative speakers have been disrupted on campus at the UW and across the nation, the state Assembly passed legislation to discipline students who try to shut down or disturb free speech.
In 2016, the Wisconsin Alumni Research Foundation helped the university to secure 168 utility patents out of the approximate 400 disclosures received from students and faculty.