2001-2002 BUDGET - 5% GPR REDUCTION
The Higher Educational Aids Board has been asked to develop a plan that would accommodate a 5% reduction in GPR appropriations. Prior to the current biennial period when a similar request was made, HEAB submitted a plan that eliminated smaller programs and held harmless larger programs the agency administered. Applying this approach to 2001-02, leaving in existence the Academic Excellence Scholarship Program, Talent Incentive Program Grant, Wisconsin Higher Education Grant Programs, and the Wisconsin Tuition Grant Program, would reduce the 2001-02 appropriation by $2,573,900 when $3,156,775 is needed. During the last biennial budget request HEAB submitted a plan that cut each program across the board by 5% since each program was considered an equal priority.
Since increases in funding for a number of the smaller programs was included in the request that was submitted in September, 2000 for 2001-03 (with the increases identified as a priority); following a past approach of eliminating smaller programs could not be supported by what has already been submitted for 2001-03 to date. There is also the issue that by eliminating the smaller programs, the necessary 5% reduction would not be met and further reductions would still be needed in the larger programs.
Therefore, I recommend that HEAB submit a plan that includes a possible 5% across the board cut for the reasons stated above and because it would better reflect the board's current program priorities.
The following outlines a possible plan to meet a potential 5% 2001-02 budget reduction:
|Tuition Grant (B)||21,038,600||19,986,670|
|Wisconsin Higher Education Grant-WTC (B)||13,201,900||12,541,805|
|Dental Education Contract (A)||1,167,000||1,108,650|
|Wisconsin Higher Education Grant-UW (B)||18,900,300||17,955,285|
|Minority Undergraduate Grant (B)||693,100||658,445|
|Minority Teacher Loan (A)||240,000||228,000|
|Handicapped Grant (B)||123,800||117,610|
|Talent Incentive Grant (B)||4,503,800||4,278,610|
|Teacher Education Loan (A)||250,000||237,500|
|Teacher of the Visually Impaired Loan (B)||100,000||95,000|
|Academic Excellence Scholarship (S)||2,917,000||2,771,150|
PLEASE NOTE: This chart reflects a 5% GPR decrease for 2001-02. It does not include the MN-WI Reciprocity Program in which GPR spending is projected to be zero. Nor does this chart include the Indian Student Assistance or the Wisconsin Higher Education Grant-Tribal Programs, which are both funded through gaming funds rather than GPR.
|S||=||Sum Sufficient appropriation|
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