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UW Board of Regents to decide on asking for more money in next state budget

OSHKOSH, WI (WTAQ) - The UW Board of Regents could decide Thursday whether to ask for $95 million more tax dollars in the next two-year state budget.

Governor Scott Walker told state agencies last month not to expect any increase in tax funding in the budget he would propose in February, if he gets re-elected this fall.

The Regents will meet Thursday in at the Oshkosh campus, and they could decide whether to ask the Republican Walker for additional funding.

UW System officials say they need it to help pay for the university's new Talent Development Initiative -- which will seek to create new science and technology jobs. The UW also says it needs to boost the numbers of graduates, and put more students in internships.

System officials also say the 26 campuses need to preserve academic quality, in the face of another tuition freeze that Walker has proposed.

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)