MADISON, WI (WXPR) - State Representative Mandy Wright is questioning the tactics of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee as the committee proposes selling off state land and property. The Wausau Democrat says she was left in the dark prior to last Tuesday's committee vote. “How come I as a legislator have heard little to nothing about it. Suddenly, it’s passed through in the budget, and I haven’t had any chance to talk to my constituents, get their feedback, and actually have a vote in this decision.”
The committee earlier raised stiff reaction to a proposal to sell off 10,000 acres of Stewardship-funded lands, reserved for a variety of public uses. Wright details some of the proposed sell-offs. “I hear about many things. Prisons, dormitories, highways, all of those would be very important for central Wisconsin. Parking lots, things that actually generate revenue for our universities and public systems, power plants possibly. There’s very little that is not available to be sold.” The Joint Finance Committee passed the budget provision on a party line vote May 21 with opposition from minority Democrats. The state Assembly will take up this provision when it is debated in June.