State Budget in Home Stretch

How much to spend on state building projects over the next two years is one of the final big items pending before the Legislature’s budget-writing committee. Gov. Tony Evers requested $2.5 billion for buildings across the state, including $1.1 billion for the University of Wisconsin System. University officials have been lobbying hard for the funding, saying their buildings are in serious need of upgrades. But Republicans who control the Legislature are expected to pare down the spending request from Evers. The big question is which projects will be prioritized. It’s planning to complete its work Thursday, sending the budget on to the Legislature. It’s planning to complete its work Thursday, sending the budget on to the Legislature.