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State Budget Increases Funding to UW SystemSubmitted: 02/21/2013
Story By Lyndsey Stemm


WAUSAU - UW System schools learned they'll be getting $181 million more from the state over the next two years.

Governor Scott Walker plans to reverse spending cuts from the last biannual budget. It doesn't quite make up for the entire amount cut two years ago from the UW System. But local administrators say this budget is a huge step in the right direction.

The money will go to the 26 universities in the UW System. The goal is to train students for high-demand jobs.

The Dean of UW-Marathon County says this is an "education budget"

"It invests in the UW in several key areas. In particular job creation and workforce development. So it provides us with some resources specifically, in specific areas to enhance work in fields such as business, healthcare, science and engineering," says Dr. Keith Montgomery.

The state budget includes $20 million in incentive grants. Dr. Montgomery says that could help UWMC work more with four-year universities.

He also thinks the UW System will use the money to help keep tuition prices down.

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