State Representative Katrina Shankland, a Democrat representing Stevens Point, has raised concerns about possible budget cuts affecting the University of Wisconsin (UW) system.

Shankland pointed out layoffs at multiple UW campuses and the complete closure of one branch campus.

She highlighted newly disclosed financial reports for seven UW campuses, indicating ongoing financial challenges.

Shankland advocates for allocating a portion of the state’s $3 billion surplus to support the university.

The financial reports reveal issues such as stagnant or declining enrollment, escalating individual campus expenses, and deficits at nearly all institutions except UW-Madison.