State Budget Pork, Greater Madison
These are some examples of the porky spending as cited by the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel. I included environmental projects, but did not include transportation projects because there is no way to judge whether public safety is really involved.
Some of this, like the first entry, do not strike me as "pork," but it is in the Journal Sentinel's eyes.
The bulleted items immediately below are pork projects in the Madison area:
- $28 million in bonds for a School of Nursing facility at the UW-Madison. Sen. Judy Robson (D-Beloit), a nurse who sits on the committee, has long backed her profession in the Legislature.
- $6.6.million for a Yahara River project in Dane County, Wisconsin. The county is represented mostly by Democrats, including the committee's co-chairmen, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Madison) and Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona).
- $500,000 for an environmental center in a park that borders Madison and Monona. The two cities are represented by the committee's co-chairmen.
- $4 million for planning a joint museum for the State Historical Society and Department of Veterans Affairs, Madison, Wisconsin WI. An area served by Pocan, and Miller, and other Dane County legislators would benefit.
- $300,000 for the AIDS Network in Madison. Represented by Pocan and Senate President Fred Risser (D-Madison).
- $250,000 for the Madison Children's Museum, Madison, Wisconsin WI. Represented by Pocan and Risser.
Other examples around the state:
$13 million for the Wisconsin Rapids armory,
Wisconsin Rapids, Wis.
Description: Represented by Sen. Julie Lassa (D-Stevens Point), who is on the committee, and Rep. Marlin Schneider (D-Wisconsin Rapids).
$500,000 for Eco Park in La Crosse, WI.
Description: Represented by Sen. Dan Kapanke (R-La Crosse) and committee member Rep. Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse).
$125,000 to remodel an Eau Claire library.
Description: Represented by Kreitlow and Dexter.
$500,000 for the Oshkosh Opera House.
Description: Republican Sen. Randy Hopper and Rep. Gordon Hintz, a Democrat, represent Oshkosh.
$44.5 million, mostly in bonds, for a University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire education building.
Description: Represented by Sen. Kathleen Vinehout (D-Alma) and Rep. Jeff Smith (D-Eau Claire)
$5 million for the Bradley Center Sports and Entertainment Corp. in downtown Milwaukee.
Description: Represented by Sen. Spencer Coggs (D-Milwaukee) and Rep. Leon Young (D-Milwaukee)
$100,000 for the Stone Barn historic site in Oconto County.
Description: Represented by Sen. Dave Hansen (D-Green Bay), who sits on the committee, and Rep. John Nygren (R-Marinette)
$800,000 for the AIDS Resource Center of Wisconsin, Kenosha, Wis.
Description: The center has locations throughout the state