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With Budget in Hole, Walker Still Wants to Give $220 Million to Milwaukee Bucks PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 11:03

milwaukee_bucksGREEN BAY - With the people of Wisconsin in major protest mode over drastic budget cuts proposed to public education and healthcare services, Governor Scott Walker still found time Monday to renew his plan to use $220 million in bonds as part of the state's commitment toward a new Milwaukee area arena.

The new area would house the Milwaukee Bucks basketball team. Walker made his comments Monday at a Sojourner Family Peace Center event held at the Gehl Club in Miller Park.

Walker suggested using bonds as part of the state's money toward a new arena in January. Asked by reporters if his plan was dead, the governor said it was still an option. He added that he did not think the arena project was in trouble.

The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reported Tuesday that Walker hopes stakeholders who are trying to get a new downtown Milwaukee arena built may be able to find a another financing option. Asked if he had moved on from his plan, Walker said the goal was to find a plan that "everyone can sign off on. If we can get agreement, we'll be announcing it in the next week or so."

Last week, the Legislative Fiscal Bureau reported that the debt repayment of Walker's January bonding proposal ultimately could be costly to state taxpayers, as much as $488 million under one scenario.

The state bonds would be used in conjunction with $150 million the Bucks' owners have committed, as well as $100 million from former Sen. Herb Kohl. Kohl sold the team last year for $550 million. In addition, there is an expectation that the City of Milwaukee and Milwaukee County will be asked to contribute.

Just this week, the Brown County Board voted to end a local .5% sales tax that had been used for 15 years here to help finance improvements for the Green Bay Packer's Lambeau field.

Eliminate the Proposed $127 Million Cut to Public Schools PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 10:21

dave-hansenLocal Senator Dave Hansen calls on Joint Finance Committee to eliminate $8.5 million in cuts to Green Bay Area schools proposed in Governor Walker’s budget. Cuts threaten quality of area public schools.

UW Students Organize to Protest Budget Cuts PDF Print E-mail
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Written by UW Students Against Education Cuts   
Wednesday, 01 April 2015 09:51

2015-budgetGREEN BAY – University of Wisconsin students have organized a letter-writing campaign and statewide rally in opposition to the proposed 2015-2017 biennial state budget.

The rally will be held on Thursday, April 2nd at 4pm in Madison on the corner where State St. meets the Capitol building. Letter-writing campaigns will continue across different UW campuses over the next few months.

The rally in Madison is occurring in coordination with a statewide campaign that other UW campuses are participating in. Several different campuses will be present at the Capitol to hear guest speakers and march down State St.

The group, called UW Students Against Education Cuts (UWSAEC), wants the current state funding to the UW System sustained and wants shared governance preserved in state statute. They also want “The Wisconsin Idea” [Wisconsin Statute 36.01(2)] restored to its unmodified form.

The group hopes students and members of the community will unite in support of the UW System and contact their legislators to voice their opinions. “The UW System enriches the lives of Wisconsin communities around the state, and the only way we can save it in the face of these ridiculous cuts is to realize that we need one another’s help,” said Paul Ahrens, Director for UWSAEC.

“We believe that well-funded public institutions are a cornerstone of democracy. These budget cuts will cripple the UW System, and the public authority, if left unchecked, could unravel the fabric that created one of the nation’s best university systems,” said Ahrens.

Industry Groups Want To Restore Recycling Funding to Budget PDF Print E-mail
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Written by GBP Staff   
Tuesday, 31 March 2015 10:08

lake-michigan-shoreMADISON - Wisconsin’s four solid waste and recycling professional organizations a letter to Gov. Scott Walker last week detailing their collective opposition to cuts to Wisconsin’s recycling program and waste reduction/recycling research. The programs in question are all funded by the $7 per ton Recycling Fee charged at Wisconsin landfills.

The four groups are the Associated Recyclers of Wisconsin (AROW), Council on Recycling, Solid Waste Association of North America (SWANA) – Badger Chapter, and the Wisconsin Counties Solid Waste Managers Association.

The groups want the Governor and his Republican legislative allies to reconsider the following reductions or eliminations in funding from the Environmental Management Account:

  • Reduction in Recycling Grants Available to Local Governments ($4 million)
  • Elimination in funding for UW Extension Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC) ($394,100)
  • Elimination in funding for UW Solid Waste Research & Experiments ($156,100)

The groups maintain that the cuts proposed will not save Wisconsin any money and may in fact cost the state an estimated $6 billion from the positive economic impact of recycling. When recycling is successful and sustainable, we all benefit from the jobs created, products made from recyclables and water and energy saved.

A complete copy of their letter can be viewed here.

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