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Regents OK $1.96 billion construction budget

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin System Board of Regents has approved a $1.96 billion construction and maintenance budget request.

The board voted 16-1 to send the request to Gov. Scott Walker as he works on his 2019-21 executive state budget.

Four projects would be paid for by increases in student fees, including a new field house and soccer facility at UW-La Crosse; a new UW-Madison natatorium and recreational center; and a new student-health center at UW-Stevens Point.

Students at the three campuses approved a series of fee raises in 2014 to pay for the projects.

Bryan Steil, a Republican running for Congress, was the only regent who voted against the building budget. He said it was too large.

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