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Apr
2015

2015-budgetGREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin students have organized a letter-writing campaign and statewide rally in opposition to the proposed 2015-2017 biennial state budget.

The rally will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 4pm in Madison on the corner where State St. meets the Capitol building. Letter-writing campaigns will continue across different UW campuses over the next few months.

The rally in Madison is occurring in coordination with a statewide campaign that other UW campuses are participating in. Several different campuses will be present at the Capitol to hear guest speakers and march down State St.

The group, called UW Students Against Education Cuts (UWSAEC), wants the current state funding to the UW System sustained and wants shared governance preserved in state statute. They also want “The Wisconsin Idea” [Wisconsin Statute 36.01(2)] restored to its unmodified form.

The group hopes students and members of the community will unite in support of the UW System and contact their legislators to voice their opinions. “The UW System enriches the lives of Wisconsin communities around the state, and the only way we can save it in the face of these ridiculous cuts is to realize that we need one another’s help,” said Paul Ahrens, Director for UWSAEC.

“We believe that well-funded public institutions are a cornerstone of democracy. These budget cuts will cripple the UW System, and the public authority, if left unchecked, could unravel the fabric that created one of the nation’s best university systems,” said Ahrens.

Written by UW Students Against Education Cuts   
 
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31
Mar
2015

lake-michigan-shoreMADISON - Wisconsin’s four solid waste and recycling professional organizations a letter to Gov. Scott Walker last week detailing their collective opposition to cuts to Wisconsin’s recycling program and waste reduction/recycling research. The programs in question are all funded by the $7 per ton Recycling Fee charged at Wisconsin landfills.

The four groups are the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW), Council on Recycling, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) – Badger Chapter, and the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Managers Association.

The groups want the Governor and his Republican legislative allies to reconsider the following reductions or eliminations in funding from the Environmental Management Account:

  • Reduction in Recycling Grants Available to Local Governments ($4 million)
  • Elimination in funding for UW Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) ($394,100)
  • Elimination in funding for UW Solid Waste Research & Experiments ($156,100)

The groups maintain that the cuts proposed will not save Wisconsin any money and may in fact cost the state an estimated $6 billion from the positive economic impact of recycling. When recycling is successful and sustainable, we all benefit from the jobs created, products made from recyclables and water and energy saved.

A complete copy of their letter can be viewed here.

Written by GBP Staff   
 
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