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For Immediate Release:  January 23, 2014
Contact:   Conor Smyth, 608-266-2991, conor.smyth@wtcsystem.edu


WTCS statement on Governor’s proposed property tax reform

         MADISON – Leaders of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) made the following statements on Governor Scott Walker’s proposal to increase state support for the technical colleges:

         "For many years, property taxpayers have shouldered the primary responsibility for supporting technical education and training opportunities in Wisconsin," said Morna Foy, president of the Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS). "We have long sought greater equity between local and state investments. The Governor’s proposal brings better balance to the System’s funding structure," Foy said.

         "There are many options for allocation of the projected state surplus funds. We appreciate the Governor’s proposed use of a portion of those funds to support Wisconsin’s technical colleges, and the recognition and confidence in us that it reflects," Foy said.

         "This investment recognizes the critical role the colleges play in the state's economic development efforts," said Drew Petersen, president of the WTCS Board.  "We're confident in our ability to continue to meet the needs of students and communities throughout Wisconsin, and to position our employer partners to compete and expand," Petersen said

         "Our colleges will continue to focus on the needs of local employers and communities, which is a hallmark of the responsiveness that our partners have come to expect," Petersen said.

         "We look forward to working with the Governor and the Legislature on the details of this proposal in the weeks ahead," Foy said.


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About the System:
The Wisconsin Technical College System (WTCS) offers more than 300 programs awarding two-year associate degrees, one- and two-year technical diplomas and short-term technical diplomas and certificates. In addition, the System is the major provider of customized business solutions and technical assistance to Wisconsin’s business and industry community. More than 340,000 individuals access the technical colleges for education and training each year.