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The overall size of the committee's capital proposal drew some praise from Democrats who said the $1.9 billion number showed Republicans were taking the lead from Evers.
A budget committee proposal requires the Department of Administration to study security and consult with the Madison Police Department.
Whether the launch begins July 1 or later is in the hands of the state Legislature because college officials say it cannot start the initiative without money from the 2019-21 budget.
State budget committee Republicans passed a transportation plan on Thursday that would provide $484 million in new funding, relying in part on increases to title and registration fees and a transfer from the state’s general fund.
The budget panel restored just two of the 18 DNR researchers cut in 2015 because the GOP opposed studies of climate change and pollution.
The $45 million that campuses may gain is less than half of what Gov. Tony Evers and System officials requested.
Under pressure from dairy lobbyists, Republicans delay a decision on adding CAFO regulators recommended in a 2016 audit.
It falls far short of the $1.4 billion in new funding for K-12 schools proposed by Democratic Gov. Tony Evers — and of the $639 million in new funding that Republican leaders gave schools two years ago.
The vote was on party lines, 11-4, with all Republicans on the Joint Finance Committee in favor and all Democrats opposed.
The amount is the same as Evers' proposed increase in K-12 funding in his 2019-21 proposal.