Republican lawmakers on the state Legislature’s budget committee voted Tuesday evening to approve $1.5 billion of Gov. Tony Evers’ $2.4 billion plan for state construction projects, including roughly $629 million of the governor’s $1 billion plan for the University of Wisconsin System. The plan passed the committee on a party-line vote of 11-4, with Republicans voting in favor and Democrats against. Republicans who control the committee called the governor’s proposal “irresponsible,” arguing their plan goes far enough. Democrats contended the state should use unprecedented state revenue estimates to fund more sorely-needed projects across the state. “The governor put forward another irresponsible level of spending in the capital budget for the second consecutive budget, but Joint Finance Committee Republicans are putting together a responsible capital budget,” said committee co-chair Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam.The UW System projects included in Evers’ $1 billion plan included $117 million for a new Science and Technology Innovation Center at UW-River Falls, $96 million to replace Albertson Hall at the UW-Stevens Point, and $94 million on the Cofrin Technology and Education Center at the UW-Green Bay.
MADISON – Republicans on the Legislature’s budget committee agreed Tuesday to spend $1.5 billion over two years for University of Wisconsin buildings and other public facilities.Their plan is nearly $1 billion less than what Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed. Republicans said Evers wanted to spend too much and they were focused on keeping the state’s borrowing costs down. They took their vote hours after learning the state is expected to take in $4.4 billion more over three years than had been projected. Evers said the state needed to put more toward schools and other programs, while Republicans called for tax cuts.
The Republican plan would provide funding for numerous UW projects backed by Evers, including:
- $88.4 million to demolish two UW-Madison residence halls and build a new academic building for the university’s ethnic studies programs;
- $27 million to renovate a nursing education complex at UW-Oshkosh;
- $11.4 million to renovate the west tower of Sandburg Hall at UW-Milwaukee;
- $116.7 million to construct a new science and technology innovation center at UW-River Falls;
- $96.3 million to build a multi-use technology and education center at UW-Green Bay;
- $96 million to replace UW-Stevens Point’s Albertson Hall.
- More than $100 million for repairs and upgrades.
he Weidner Philharmonic’s performance of “Walton’s Façade: An Entertainment” live in the Billie Kress Amphitheatre at the Green Bay Botanical Garden has been rescheduled for Sunday, June 20, 2021 at 3 p.m.Due to weather concerns, the concert scheduled for Sunday, May 23 was moved to the previously determined rain date of June 20, Father’s Day. All tickets for the original date will be honored; patrons are encouraged to hold on to their tickets to attend the event. This concert will mark the Weidner Center’s first in-person live performance in over a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.$10 Student tickets on the Grand Lawn are now available for purchase. All-Age Tickets on the Grand Lawn and Cowles Terrace also remain on sale. All Cowles Terrace seating is general admission with folding padded chairs provided. Seating on Grand Lawn is first come first serve with patron’s own lawn chairs and blankets. Tickets can be purchased at ticketstaronline.com.
Enterprising persons in the Sheboygan area are being encouraged to consider opening a downtown pop-up shop for the 2021 holiday season. A pop-up shop is a temporary retail space that allows entrepreneurs to test the advantages…and discover any disadvantages…to running a retail location, and get a feel for what a regular brick-and-mortar shop could involve.The program, offered by the City of Sheboygan, is being promoted by the Sheboygan County Economic Development Corporation and the Small Business Development Center at the UW-Green Bay. Those two will provide expert guidance to any interested entrepreneurs who are selected, while the City will benefit through a diverse and stronger downtown district.Those interested should apply by the June 30th deadline.For more information about the SCEDC’s entrepreneurial services, email info@SheboyganCountyEDC.com or call (920)452-2479.To apply for the pop-up shop program, click here