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University of Wisconsin System's backlog of repairs hits $2 billion

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Posted at 9:56 AM, Oct 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-24 10:56:29-04

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- The backlog of needed repairs in the University of Wisconsin System has grown to an estimated cost of $2 billion.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the system is asking for $713.3 million in the next two-year state budget, and also asking the state to give the Board of Regents authority to manage projects that are funded by program revenues. Projects such as residence halls, recreational facilities and student unions that generate their own money don't involve state funding.

Regent Margaret Farrow says the changes would help the system save students and taxpayers money.

UW-Milwaukee is seeking $7 million of the total capital projects request to renovate its chemistry building, which was constructed in 1972 and still has the original building systems.

Several of the system's campuses have residence hall renovations on the table.