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Area lawmakers air differing views on UW system budget

Brad Williams

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Four area lawmakers--Shilling, Doyle, Billings, and Oldenburg--appeared at a political forum Friday at the UW-L student union

The new capital budget for Wisconsin proposed by Gov. Tony Evers would provide plenty of money for projects at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

State rep. Jill Billings of La Crosse thinks it’s about time.

Billings told the audience at a UW-L forum that, as a member of the state building commission, she has seen outdated equipment at campuses throughout the UW System.

The Evers budget includes funding for the second half of a new science building for La Crosse and a new campus fieldhouse.

One new GOP Assemblyman, Loren Oldenburg from the 96th District, questioned the decision that was made to build a new science center for UW-L in two parts.

The overall cost for the project is $160 million, but Oldenburg says the price tag probably could have been cut to $130 million.

Oldenburg is a former UW-L student.

He joined Billiings, Rep. Steve Doyle and Sen. Jennifer Shilling at Friday’s legislative forum.