Another for the “state involved in local affairs” file. The Republican-led budget committee of the Wisconsin House insert a provision in the budget bill to exempt the site of the Hill Farms state office building from the City of Madison’s zoning regulations. The office building is slated for redevelopment, and the city and the state have been working to accommodate the new building in the city’s zoning code. “It is of concern to us, not just in terms of this building but in terms of the future,” said Madison Mayor Paul Soglin.
News from Wisconsin: Wisconsin legislature moves to preempt Madison zoning of single state building
The full story from the Wisconsin State Journal is here.
Another interesting story that reflects the tensions between the city of Madison and the state legislature: Another proposal tucked into the budget bill would require the state to consider relocating its agencies to buildings outside of Dane and Milwaukee counties before renewing current leases.
And even more! Another proposal in the budget bill would alter the Madison’s ability to use its lodging tax to support city services, the Mayor saying it could cost Madison’s general fund $1 million next year.