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Monday, December 06, 2021

SSFC passes internal budget, fines MCSC

The Student Services Finance Committee passed its internal budget at over $170,00 and fined the Multicultural Student Coalition for its third policy violation Thursday.

While committee members debated de-funding its accountability liaison position, the position ultimately remained funded at $12,000.

While the liaisons are supposed to assist student groups and ensure the groups are operating at they should be, some committee members said the position was "broken" this year.

"I just really think that that's a disservice to students if we spend $12,000 on a service that's not working," SSFC Secretary Ellie Bruecker said.

Other committee members said it needs accountability liaisons to ensure student groups are doing what they are supposed to.

"I think that we want at least one of these people because by not having a neutral body who spot checks some of the functions...we'd have absolutely no way to check any claims being made," Rep. Cale Plamann said.

The budget now awaits final approval from the Associated

Students of Madison student council.

Also at the meeting, the committee voted to fine the Multicultural Student Coalition $2,205 for violating SSFC wage policies for the third time.

The fine, which accounts for 1 percent of the group's overall budget, is to be taken from anything other than the group's salaries or direct services.

"It's not beneficial to the greater student body to cut funds from the direct student services because that's what impacts the student body," SSFC Chair Sarah Neibart said.

Rep. Dan Posca said three violations of the same policy is too many.

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"That does not give me hope that this will happen a fourth time down the road," Posca said. "I do think that the fact that this is their third wage violation is roof that the group has failed to implement any sort of  necessary action to prevent this from happening."

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