Thursday, August 25, 2016

Delayed UW Building Projects Could Cost State An Extra $30 Million - Shawn Johnson, WPR

The state Legislature's nonpartisan budget office says the state could have to spend roughly $30 million more on several University of Wisconsin System building projects that were delayed in the last budget. Gov. Scott Walker and Republican lawmakers froze bonding for all but a couple building projects in the last budget. That let them continue to borrow for roads while still keeping overall bonding low. The UW System is asking again to fund seven of those projects, only this time, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau says it's projected to cost the state $257.3 million compared to $227.6 million 2015. That’s an increase of $29.7 million. Oshkosh Democratic state Rep. Gordon Hintz, who asked for the Fiscal Bureau memo, said it shows the folly of delaying these projects in the first place.

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