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Task force seeks solutions to transportation gridlock
Asked what Deschane had heard from municipal leaders about the issues, he said, “I think the word is ‘help’ with an exclamation point.”
With lack of funds in the transportation budget, the focus has been on state projects rather than local projects, Deschane said.
Municipalities facing state imposed levy limits are feeling a “double whammy,” Deschane said.
“They’re not seeing the support they did years ago,” he said. Read the full story
Evers Wants Nearly $70M in Bonding to Address Water Quality
State agriculture officials would be allowed to borrow another $3 million over two years to fund grants to farmers for building infrastructure that reduces pollution from agriculture. The agency currently is allowed to borrow $7 million.
The Department of Natural Resources, meanwhile, would be allowed to bond for about $65 million more. The money would go toward grants for local governments to reduce pollution; cleaning up contaminated soil along the Milwaukee and St. Louis rivers; and loans to municipalities to cover half the cost of replacing lead pipes. Read the full story
Madison water utility board wants stronger protections against toxic chemical
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