EAU CLAIRE, Wis. (WLAX/WEUX) – UW-Eau Claire is facing a 4-point-7 million dollar budget deficit, and Governor Evers says he wants to help.
He’s called for an increase in funding to the UW System as part of his biennial budget. UW-Eau Claire’s legislative and community relations liaison says the university can offset the shortfall by tapping into reserves. But extra state dollars would help.
Jake Wrasse, UWEC Legislative and Community Relations Liaison said, “The governor’s budget proposal includes a number of areas of interest that I think will resonate with republicans and democrats and will survive the budget process but it’s important to recognize the governor’s budget proposal is just the starter pistol for this whole debate.”
He says UW-Eau Claire’s budget deficit is due to a decrease in enrollment-related revenues during the pandemic.
The university also has millions in COVID-related expenditures.