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UW-L Chancellor says Prairie Springs Science Center Project is Vital

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – UW-La Crosse Chancellor Joe Gow said Thursday that he’s disappointed by the decision from the Joint Finance Committee of the State Legislature to remove funding for phase two of the new Science Center on campus.

The Republican controlled committee approved all but $615 million of Governor Evers budget proposal but cut the $83 million for the second phase of the Science Center. Phase one is already complete.

Also cut from the budget; upgrades to two UW-L dormitories including fire and smoke alarm systems.

But Gow is most concerned about the Science Center, saying UW-L needs it to meet the needs of students.

“Without the modern classrooms we have to continue to teach science in classrooms that are about fifty to 55 years old and science education has changed pretty dramatically since then,” UW-L Chancellor Joe Gow said.

Gow says it’s possible but unlikely the project could still be funded in the current budget but says the project may have to wait until the 2021 budget cycle.

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