State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau) gave a brief speech and answered a few questions at the annual meeting of the Greater Whitewater Committee (GWC) Thursday.
Fitzgerald focused the majority of his comments on elements within the newly proposed $76 biennium state budget that was presented by Governor Scott Walker on Wednesday. Fitzgerald commented on transportation, University of Wisconsin System funding, K-12 education, federal funding to the state, and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC). Fitzgerald tells WFAW News
The Senator then answered a few questions from the audience before he departed, one of which asked about the unfair funding that UW-Whitewater has received compared to the other campuses across the state; for example, UW-Whitewater gets $981 GPR per student but UW-Superior gets $6,600, with the state average being $2,802. Additionally, with Gov. Walker’s proposed tuition cut and block grant back-fill, UW-Whitewater would lose and additional $1.9 million.