The Governor is calling on lawmakers to increase funding for Wisconsin colleges and universities. Governor Jim Doyle says the state is at a critical point for higher education, and more investment is needed. He says the state and its students will suffer the legislature doesn't approve the additional funding he's requested in the state budget.

Doyle is asking lawmakers to approve $225 million in new education spending for Wisconsin colleges and universities. If that money is not made available, the Governor says students could be facing a crisis on campus. Doyle says schools may be forced to close down buildings and could lose students if the state doesn't help them continue to grow.

Doyle says the budget proposal is necessary for Wisconsin to maintain its status as an education leader.

AUDIO: Andrew Beckett reports (MP3 :59)

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