Wisconsin’s state universities would see a significant funding boost under Gov. Tony Evers’ state budget proposal, with a portion of the money helping pay for a tuition waiver program aimed at students from lower income households. But if past budget battles with the Republican-controlled state Legislature are any guide, the final number for the system is unlikely to match the governor’s wishes.

On Wednesday, Evers proposed increasing UW System funding by nearly $306 million through the end of the 2023-25 biennial budget. University of Wisconsin System President Jay Rothman and the UW Board of Regents sought a total increase of $435 million in its state budget request. Still, Rothman praised the plan unveiled Wednesday evening.

“(Evers’) state budget provides needed investment for the UW System to help fulfill it’s mission on behalf of the people of Wisconsin,” Rothman tweeted.

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