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SSFC Rep. Cale Plamann said MEChA had a ‘fiscally responsible’ budget and should receive its requested funding.

SSFC approves MEChA budget request

The student government finance committee unanimously approved a budget of over $150,000 for Movimento Estudiantil Chicano de Aztlan (MEChA) Thursday.

According to the group's website, MEChA is a student group that works to educate campus and the community about Chican@ culture and struggles.

The Student Services Finance Committee made minor alterations to the budget, including adding funding for an off-campus location to the budget if the group cannot find on-campus location by March 1.

SSFC Rep. David Vines said it is important the group find a space to provide their services to students.

"[The group] needs a space to perform direct services, and if we fail to give them space we would be doing a disservice to the group," said Vines.

Rep. Cale Plamann said he thought MEChA's budget request was reasonable.

"I think we're looking at a largely fiscally responsible budget," Plamann said.

Also at the meeting, the committee passed a resolution recommending use of the Campus Services Fund to allow student groups to contract employees from outside of UW-Madison.

SSFC voted to pass the resolution to the Associated Students of Madison for final approval despite SSFC Chair Sarah Neibart's request to table the resolution until her return next week.

The fund was created last year to allow the Associated Students of Madison Student Council to provide students with services it deems important that are not already provided on campus.

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