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Budget proposal would make it easier for lease, sale of state-owned property


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - One of the governor’s budget proposals would make it easier to lease or sell state-owned property.

The non-partisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says Governor Scott Walker’s budget would give his Administration Department the ability to sell properties without the blessing of the agency that’s directly affected.

The State Building Commission – which is chaired by the governor – would still have the final say over all land and building sales.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie says the main goal is to make it easier to sell off state-owned power plants or land that’s not used. But UW spokesman David Giroux tells the Wisconsin State Journal that university lands would be affected – and school officials want to know more about the reasons for the budget item.

Democratic Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says the budget proposal is overly broad. He calls it a, “continuing power grab” on the part of the GOP.

Barca says it deserves a debate outside of the massive budget process. He also says that if Walker wants to sell off power plants, then the language of the measure would specifically reflect that.