Meeting with UW-Parkside
On Monday, March 27 I met with UW-Parkside Chancellor Debbie Ford to go over the University's priorities for the state budget. During the meeting we discussed tuition rates and ensuring the University has sufficient funding while making sure our tax dollars are being spent efficiently and responsibly.
The UW-Parkside campus is 50 years old and there are extensive renovations and upgrades that need to be done. During my visit, I had the opportunity to tour Wyllie Hall which is one of the older buildings on campus. The Hall has an aging HVAC system and corroding iron piping which are examples of projects that need attention.
Part of being a good steward of our funds is prioritizing what needs to be done, as well as finding areas where we can save. Some projects will be much more expensive for the state if we keep kicking the can down the road instead of doing the responsible thing and fixing them now. I was grateful for the opportunity to discuss these areas and I look forward to working to address these issues in the upcoming budget process.