GOP Lawmakers Approve $1.5B For State, UW System Construction Projects | Wisconsin Public Radio
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.