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Walker proposes $1.1 billion building project budget

Gov. Scott Walker's proposed capital budget includes remodeling space in the McClain Center, construction of a new tunnel connecting the center to Camp Randall (above), as well as renovations at the stadium. (AP File Photo/Andy Manis)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is proposing spending $1.1 billion on building projects in Wisconsin over the next two years, nearly 30 percent less than what was spent in the current two-year budget.

Walker said in a statement that his proposal released Monday “aggressively uses the funds available to us to maintain state buildings, plan for growth, and most importantly create jobs.”

Projects include $76 million for the new Badger Performance Center on the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus to house a variety of programs, $44 million for an education building at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire and $5 million for creation of a new joint museum for the state Historical Society and Department of Veterans Affairs in Madison.

The Badger Performance Center includes a new 132,000-square foot facility to house sports medicine, academic services and strength and conditioning while sharing space with the College of Engineering.

It includes remodeling space in the McClain Center, construction of a new tunnel connecting the center to Camp Randall, as well as renovations at improvements at the stadium.

Of the $1.1 billion requested, about 67 percent is for new construction or major renovation with the rest spent on maintenance and upkeep, said Peter Maternowski, deputy administrator for the state’s Division of State Facilities.

All but about $200 million of the $1.1 billion for the building projects comes from bonds, with the rest coming from cash, grants and federal money, Maternowski said.

Other major projects include $38.5 million for expansion of the west campus and $67 million for the Institute for Medical Research both at UW-Madison, $8 million to help pay for expansion of the Marquette Dental School and $17 million to renovate Carlson Hall at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

The Building Commission, controlled by Republican state lawmakers and chaired by Walker, will meet on Wednesday to approve the recommendation and forward it to the Legislature’s budget-writing committee.

That panel will consider it as part of the state’s two-year budget which will likely be voted on by the Legislature in June.

Highlights of the capital budget include:

• $50 million for University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee;
• $44 million for an education building at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire;
• $38.5 million for University of Wisconsin-Madison West Campus Expansion
• $67 million for University of Wisconsin-Madison Institute for Medical Research;
• $8 million to support the expansion of the Marquette Dental School;
• $17 million to renovate Carlson Hall at University of Wisconsin-Whitewater;
• $27.4 million to improve existing DHC and DOC facilities.

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5 comments

  1. Why was the headline not \Walker Cuts State Construction Budget by 30%\? Was not the typical headline \Walker cuts education funding by $700 million\?

    Saying the state will spend one penny on construction will anger teachers despite the fact that their industry took much smaller budget cuts than the construction industry.

  2. I dont think anyone at this paper is qualified to write about the construction industry. Terms like yellow goop are used often.
    It has become a tool for the left to spew the weekly talking points distributed to all media outlets.
    Cant do construction, cant do politics, pick one or the other and try to get it right. With the majority of readers involved in business its comical to think anyone is buying the bull they toss at us. Would be nice if a daily catered to the construction industry period, and not foul up the place with slanted politics.

  3. The whole point of this publication is to support public construction projects – and therefore, by extension, union contractors. Wait until the bill to eliminate prevailing wage rates is proposed. Then you’ll really see the unions going nuts!!

  4. Gov. Scott Walker is proposing spending $1.1 billion on building projects in Wisconsin over the next two years, nearly 30 percent less than what was spent in the current two-year budget. If you just look at the lack of Construction Projects in Wisconsin, you can see the impact of the economy. We are definitely in a recession.If I look at myself and my friends, who are looking for construction work that is in our field, you really see the effects. Until recently I had gone quite a while without work. Luckily I recently discovered Dodge Projects. They have wonderfully detailed job listings, and they have sorted them by state, project and type so that I can easily find the job that is right for me. I would definitely recommend them.

  5. All politics is slanted.

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