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Wis. budget committee to consider $123M in cuts

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MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee is set to approve about $123 million in cuts across state government, more than a third of which would fall to the University of Wisconsin System.

The cuts had been previously approved but not specified in the state budget.  Gov. Scott Walker's administration outlined the specific cuts in December and it's up to the Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee to approve them.

Even after they are implemented, the state budget still faces a $143 million shortfall by the middle of 2013.

UW's share of the cuts would be about $46 million over six months.  That is on top of a previously approved $250 million two-year reduction.

Walker's Department of Administration ordered agencies to make the cuts without layoffs, if possible.

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