Development News for the Weeks of 11/21/20 - 12/11/20


Madison’s proposed $160 million Bus Rapid Transit system may run its special buses on dedicated center lanes with boarding stations on medians on some of the city’s main thoroughfares.
-Wisconsin State Journal


Dane County Board Chair Analiese Eicher proposed Thursday cutting the number of jail beds by 50 in plans for the $148 million county jail consolidation project.
-Wisconsin State Journal


Wisconsin’s natural resources policy board is seeking to increase fees for hunting licenses and park permits. The Natural Resources Board unanimously approved a resolution Wednesday asking the Legislature to authorize “an increase in revenue and periodic review” of fees “to be used for the maintenance of state properties and the implementation of state programs.”
-Wisconsin State Journal


Gov. Tony Evers' climate change task force is urging state officials to take up some 50 proposals ranging from forming an environmental justice office to further reducing carbon emissions from utilities and creating a statewide electric transportation plan in newly announced recommendations Wednesday.
-The Cap Times


A new report outlines dozens of policies designed to spur economic growth and equality while helping Wisconsin fight and adapt to climate change, but stops short of directly targeting fossil fuels.
-Wisconsin State Journal


As Congress haggles over whether to send Americans another round of debt-funded coronavirus relief checks, the city of Madison could start putting some of Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey’s money into the pockets of a select group of Madisonians as part of a “guaranteed income” pilot project.
-Wisconsin State Journal


Soon-to-be former state Rep. Jason Fields will take the helm of the Madison Region Economic Partnership from retiring president and CEO Paul Jadin early next month, the organization announced Wednesday.
-Wisconsin State Journal


Mixed messaging from public health officials is driving concern and frustrating Dane County businesses as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the local economy, according to a recent survey from local business groups.
-Wisconsin State Journal