Republicans cut state building projects by $810 million

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Updated: Jun. 8, 2021 at 8:09 PM CDT
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MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans in control of the Wisconsin Legislature’s budget committee have approved nearly $1.5 billion in building projects around the state, about $810 million less than Democratic Gov. Tony Evers proposed.

The projects approved Tuesday included nearly $629 million in projects at the University of Wisconsin System, down from $1 billion that Evers had wanted.

Two years ago, the Legislature approved $1.9 billion out of $2.5 billion in requested projects.

Republicans say Evers was being irresponsible with his building plan, while they were approving a reasonable amount of projects.

Democrats say Republicans were missing opportunities.

Tommy Thompson, the President of the University of Wisconsin System and former Wisconsin governor, issued a statement Tuesday evening regarding the capital budget approved earlier in the day:

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