On Monday, Feb. 16, the Stevens Point City Council unanimously passed a resolution opposing proposed state budget cuts to UW-SP, citing the possible "dramatic and long lasting negative impact on the economic vitality of the Stevens Point area."
WHEREAS, a 2011 economic impact study noted UW-Stevens Point contributes nearly $408 million per year to the Wisconsin economy, while supporting 5,690 Wisconsin jobs and generating $16.7 million in state tax revenue; and
WHEREAS, UW-Stevens Point’s strategic plan, the Partnership for Thriving Communities, provides a framework to be relevant and responsive to community needs;and
WHEREAS, UW-Stevens Point is one of the first comprehensive universities in the state to have a staff member focused entirely on creating and strengthening economic development partnerships between the business community and the university; and
WHEREAS, UW-Stevens Point is one of the largest employers in Portage County. The 544 faculty and instructional staff plus nearly 700 professional and support staff live and support communities in Portage County and beyond; and
WHEREAS, direct spending in the state by UWSP, its faculty and staff, students and visitors of more than $171 million feeds the economic engine that in turn generates more than $236 million in indirect and induced spending; and
WHEREAS, the Governor’s proposed biennial budget would drastically reduce funding for the University of Wisconsin System with a possible cut to UW-Stevens Point of $6.4 million which would have a dramatic and long lasting negative impact on the economic vitality of the Stevens Point area;
NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the Common Council of the City of Stevens Point opposes proposed cuts to the UW System and requests the legislature fund the University of Wisconsin System as recommended by the Board of Regents.
Some of the Mayor's comments and the Council's vote on the resolution: