The financial arm of the University of Wisconsin’s student government granted less than requested amounts for budgets of two student groups, the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group and Diversity Education Programs.
The Student Services Finance Committee gave $21,800 less than requested to the contract group WisPIRG for a total of $94,720. WisPIRG requested $116,520 for the 2004-2005 fiscal year, an increase from the $77,500 the group is currently operating with. The increases were due to various factors, mostly the hiring of a full-time energy advocate and increased funding for lobbying in Washington, D.C.
SSFC cut $16,000 earmarked to be spent on lobbyists at the nation’s Capitol, depleting nearly all of the group’s funds for lobbyists. Other cuts dealt with phone expenses.
Diversity Education Programs lost $16,565 from its original proposal, giving the group a total of $362,520, down from the allocated $389,600 DEP received last year.
SSFC cut allotments for supplies and services that DEP requested but did not slash funding for salary positions or other staff. Some of the cuts made were decreases in advertising, supplies, phone services, and travel expenses.
The decrease in DEP’s requested funds is because last year was a setup year for the program, which needed startup supplies to outfit its new office.