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UW-L chancellor optimistic about state budget but did have doubts

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Foxconn, road funding could still derail budget 

Members of Wisconsin’s legislature expect to vote on the state budget the third week of September. 

Meanwhile, public schools and universities will be starting classes.

When asked Wed. about the state of the budget, which called for massive increases in education, University of Wisconsin-La Crosse chancellor Joe Gow said he was cautiously optimistic.

“We do know that there’s still some matters involving transportation to be resolved at the state level,” Gow warned, however, “and the recent Foxconn idea, that too will take some money.”

State funding to the UW System had been cut a total of $362 million from fiscal 2012 to 2017, according to UW System officials.

Gow said there are 2,127 students coming to the UW-L campus this fall.

Born in Decorah Iowa. I've been a news reporter for the last 10 years, starting right out of college in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Other professional opportunities led me to Marshalltown, Iowa and Antigo Wisconsin, before I finally was afforded the opportunity here in La Crosse. I've been here since 2016. I also act as the voice of local sports, doing play by play of high school and college football and basketball. When not working I enjoy golfing.

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