A month after delaying votes on six University of Wisconsin System projects in reaction to news about the system’s budget reserves, the state’s Building Commission on Wednesday approved the projects with no objection.
Automatic federal budget cutbacks known as the “sequester” have not affected state building projects, a member of the state’s Building Commission said Wednesday.
The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee wants authority to sign off on any sale of state-owned dormitories, highways and power plants before those deals go down.
Published: May 17, 2013
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Gov. Scott Walker’s proposal to allow the sale of state utility plants to pay off transportation debt might not even be able to generate enough money to pay off the debt on the plants themselves.
Nearly a month after postponing a vote on various University of Wisconsin System projects in response to revelations about hefty reserves, a Republican member of the state Building Commission said he is likely to approve the projects when they come before the commission this month.
The state Building Commission agreed Wednesday to delay voting on rescinding a $250,000 grant to help create a Native American cultural center after the Republican lawmaker pushing for it said he was hopeful a compromise could be reached on walleye spearfishing limits.
The University of Wisconsin System’s hefty cash reserves worked against it Wednesday when the state Building Commission postponed approving several projects so it could decide how to split the cost.
In defending his $1.45 billion state construction budget announced this week, Gov. Scott Walker pointed out that it would borrow less than his Democratic predecessor’s last construction budget.
The State Building Commission has approved a $75 million science center at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.
State Democrats joined Republican Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday in turning down two Republicans’ call to reduce borrowing for state construction projects by $28 million over the next two years.