The legislature’s joint finance committee on Tuesday evening put forward its version of the state’s investment budget for 2021-23, including $ 26.9 million for the renovation of the university building of the College of Education and Social Services from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh.
In a statement, UW System President Thompson thanked the committee for its support for campus projects across the state, which total $ 628.7 million.
“We appreciate the committee’s investment in funding the maintenance and repair of our current facilities and advancing critical projects throughout the UW system,” said Thompson. “These are much needed investments that will ensure our students have the significant educational opportunities they need to graduate and enter the workforce.”
The UWO project involves the modernization and renovation of the existing UWO Nursing and Education building, a hub on the Oshkosh campus. This is the second phase of the project.
“This budget represents a significant step forward for our campuses. The committee clearly recognizes UW System’s emphasis on STEM-related facilities and the need to provide a modern teaching and research space for our students. We appreciate their confidence in the direction we are taking for UW, ”said Thompson.
The UWO project was included in a 2011 application that called for renovations to the College of Nursing (CON) and the College of Education and Human Services (COEHS). The CON Clow Social Sciences Center project was completed in 2016, but the second half of this project was delayed at the state level.
In the coming weeks, the committee will take over the remaining portions of the 2021-2023 state budget, including annual compensation plans for state employees. Once the Joint Finance Committee has completed its work, the biennial budget bill will be voted on by each chamber and returned to the governor’s office for signature and / or veto.