Doyle Announces UW Budget Plan

Governor Jim Doyle says he'll provide enough money in his budget for the University of Wisconsin System to meet three major goals: to graduate more students, expand research and hold tuition hikes down to an average of about two-and-a-half percent over the next two years.

Doyle says his plan will provide 225 (M) million dollars over the next two years targeted primarily at helping the university graduate more teachers, nurses and engineers.

Doyle says the proposal he will outline in his State of the State address on Tuesday doesn't meet every need the university identified in its budget request passed in August. But the governor says it does hit on the highest priorities.

UW System President Kevin Reilly says he hadn't seen the details of Doyle's proposal. But Reilly says based on discussions he had with Doyle he believed a majority of the university's growth agenda would be met.

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