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Marquette University's Office of Public Affairs Newsletter

Jan. 10, 2014


1. The Budget Resolution likely to affect university research funding

The Chronicle of Higher Education published "The Budget Breakthrough May Mean Little for Battered Research Agencies" on January 6, 2014, which discussed the effects of the Budget Resolution on federal research agencies. The Budget Resolution sets annual levels of spending for both 2014 and 2015 fiscal years and delays some of the automatic spending cuts that would otherwise take place in January. The Budget Resolution is now with Congressional appropriators, who will determine how much money will be spent on agencies and programs, including research and student aid.

The Budget Resolution includes $45 billion of discretionary spending for federal agencies and programs. January 15, 2014 is the deadline for Congress to set spending levels for individual agencies because the temporary relief resolution expires. However, it appears that Congress is discussing a 3 day extension of the existing budget continuing resolution to provide additional time for discussions on spending levels.

Higher education institutions are dependent on federal agencies' financial support for university research. Federal agencies, such as the National Institutes of Health, have experienced larger budgets with diminishing federal support. Additionally, applying inflation suggests that the overall federal spending on federal agencies will be below the past spending caps from 2011 and 2012.

2. Highlighting our Partnerships

The Office of Public Affairs works closely with the Avenues West Association, the local organization that represents the Marquette campus and surrounding neighborhood. Keith Stanley, the Executive Director, recently began publishing an electronic newsletter to highlight local businesses, and provide updates about the neighborhood and local events.

The newsletter featured an update about Keith's first 100 days as the Executive Director of the Avenues West Association and his thoughts on the neighborhood. It also highlighted a phone app for the Avenues West neighborhood, featuring a business directory, map and links to the Avenues West Association social media sites.

To receive a copy of the Avenues West Association e-newsletter, please register your email address.

3. News Updates about our Neighborhood

Marquette University is located in the Westown, Avenues West and Menomonee Valley neighborhoods. The Office of Public Affairs has an important role in supporting and promoting the development and improvement of our surrounding community.

The following are recent media updates about our neighborhoods:

Milwaukee-area home sales drop, but prices rise - The Business Journal, December 24, 2013

Redevelopment plans deluge lakefront properties in 2013 - The Business Journal, December 27, 2013

Urban Ecology Center outbids housing developers for riverside site - The Business Journal, December 29, 2013

Herb Kohl: If he could pay for the whole arena project, he says he would - The Business Journal, December 30, 2013

Milwaukee, Cincinnati streetcar debates follow different tracks - The Business Journal, December 30, 2013

Discovery World executive director Krajniak to retire
- The Business Journal, December 30, 2013

Daniel named Menomonee Valley artist in residence
-, January 8, 2014

City of Milwaukee asks feds to approve split streetcar route - The Business Journal, January 9, 2014

Streetcar with a track: Milwaukee Project schedule lags as utility costs argued - The Business Journal, January 10, 2014

4. News Updates on Government Relations

The Office of Public Affairs monitors discussions relevant to higher education and the Marquette community within both the Wisconsin State Legislature and United States Congress.

The following are recent articles regarding higher education issues:

We Pretend to Teach, They pretend to Learn - The Wall Street Journal, December 26, 2013

Student-Loan Debt Slows Recovery - The Wall Street Journal, December 30, 2013

Degrees of Value: Making College Pay Off - The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2014

Chipping Away at FERPA? - Inside Higher Ed, January 7, 2014

How to Help College Students Graduate - The New York Times, January 8, 2014

Study Urges Tough Measures for Parent PLUS Loan Requirements - Diverse Issues in Higher Education, January 8, 2014

More Students Subsidize Classmates' Tuition
- The Wall Street Journal, January 10, 2014


Community EVENTS

Menomonee Valley Walking Tours - 1st and 3rd Wednesday per month

Public Policy Forum 2014 Annual Meeting
January 15

Avenues West Association Luncheon and Annual Meeting

January 16

Dedication of the Rev. Timothy J. O'Brien Les Aspin Student Apartment House
January 20

More Milwaukee events


Les Aspin Center for Government

Submit your idea about Menomonee Valley Planning 2.0

Milwaukee Police Department District 3 Contact Guide

Milwaukee Neighborhood News Service

Office of Public Affairs

Public Policy Forum

Office of Research and Sponsored Programs

WisDOT I-94 Corridor Study

University Policy on Federal Government Lobbying


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