UW president requests special session to address funding

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MADISON, Wis. — University of Wisconsin President Ray Cross is asking Gov. Tony Evers and legislative leaders to call a special session of the Legislature to help UW deal with “unprecedented financial and planning challenges” due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Cross wants laws changed so UW can borrow money through a line of credit and possibly start classes earlier than Sept. 1.

He is also asking for a reduction in reporting requirements to free up resources.

Cross made the request for a special session in a letter sent to Evers, Assembly Speaker Robin Vos and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald.