MADISON, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – The Universities of Wisconsin is proposing a $32 million Workforce Spending Plan in an attempt to get back funds that were cut by the Republican-controlled State Legislature earlier this year.

The Legislature’s Budget Committee voted in June to cut UW’s funding by $32 million, which is what Republicans estimated the system spends on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Programs over two years. GOP leaders promised the school system could recover the money by devoting them to Workforce Development. The plan UW President Jay Rothman announced today would direct funds to in-demand fields such as computer science, engineering and nursing.