UW president orders cost-saving tactics ahead of budget cuts

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MADISON(AP) — University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross has ordered immediate cost-saving moves after Gov. Scott Walker announced he wants to slash the system’s funding.

The Republican governor is grappling with a $2 billion deficit in the next state budget. He said the spending plan he’ll present next week will cut $300 million from the system but hand it more independence.

Cross sent a memo Wednesday to all employees involved in system administration ordering immediate moratoriums on hiring non-essential state-funded positions, out-of-state travel, raises and promotions.

He told Wisconsin Public Radio on Thursday he doesn’t see how the campuses can absorb the cut without layoffs. Cross also said he’s frustrated with Walker’s comments that UW faculty should do more work, saying no one realizes the time professors put in.

3 comments

  • bobby57

    University of Wisconsin System President Ray Cross needs to stop whining. Imagine that, he has ordered immediate moratoriums on hiring non-essential state-funded positions, out-of-state travel, raises and promotions. Perhaps you should have been looking at not hiring for non-essential state-funded positions all along??? Why do any non-essential state-funded positions even exist? Certainly out-of-state travel should have been extremely limited in the first place. State workers have had the entitlement feeling that they should use taxpayer dollars to go on these mini-vacations for years and never actually apply whatever they learned on these trips anyway. Would love to see the total cost of out-of-state travel in their budget. And imagine that, they are going to look at restricting raises and promotions!! I can’t imagine any private sector commpany that would not suspend raises and promotions in a budget crunch. I would like to be the first person to welcome Ray Cross to reality!!! It is very different to La La land where you have been stroking it for years!!

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