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Billings told the audience at a UW-L forum that, as a member of the state building commission, she has seen outdated equipment at campuses throughout the UW System.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

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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