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UW System eminent domain bill stalls in Assembly (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder A bill that would increase legislative oversight of the University of Wisconsin System’s use of eminent domain lacks enough votes to make it to the Assembly floor. State Rep. Fred Kessler, D-Milwaukee, said the Assembly Committee on ...

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State approves high-speed rail spending (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder Wisconsin will accept $810 million in federal stimulus money to build high-speed rail between Milwaukee and Madison despite the annual drain on a crippled transportation budget. The Legislature’s Joint Committee on Finance on Tuesday voted 12-4 along ...

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Rail costs are hard to pin down

By Sean Ryan State legislators want hard figures on the annual cost of running a Madison-to-Milwaukee high-speed rail line before approving construction. That is unlikely to happen. People around the country are asking the same question about operating costs for ...

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Freight rail work fails to get on track

By Paul Snyder Wisconsin & Southern Railroad Co. will struggle to improve the state’s freight rail service until it gets money for track upgrades, which will be difficult to do until the company improves service. “It’s a chicken-egg thing,” said ...

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Industry split over stimulus success

By Paul Snyder Contractors disagree over what federal stimulus money will mean to the industry in 2010. “Most contractors are feeling the pain right now,” said Bob Barker, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin Inc. “Some ...

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Joint Committee on Finance hears construction stimulus reports

By Paul Snyder The Joint Committee on Finance Thursday got its first report from the construction industry on the effects of stimulus money in 2009. Bob Barker, executive vice president of the Associated General Contractors of Wisconsin; Pat Goss, executive ...

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Committee to hold hearing on construction stimulus effects

By Paul Snyder The Joint Committee on Finance on Thursday will hold an informational hearing on the effects of the federal stimulus package on Wisconsin’s construction industry. Pat Goss, executive director of the Wisconsin Transportation Builders Association, and Bob Barker, ...

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Lawmaker: Abuse should prompt oversight (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder The UW System’s use of eminent domain to acquire a downtown Madison building is prompting a legislative call for more oversight of the process. But the bill that would create that oversight focuses only on the UW ...

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Lawmakers call for hearings on stimulus spending (UPDATE)

By Paul Snyder Two Wisconsin lawmakers, skeptical of claims about jobs created by federal stimulus money, are calling for public hearings on how the state is spending its share of the stimulus. State Rep. Rich Zipperer, R-Pewaukee, and state Rep. ...

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