September 2, 2014

State Building Commission to take up capital budget

he State Building Commission is expected to approve a new capital budget today for new and improved state government facilities over the next two years. It’s separate from the overall state budget, although it includes borrowing that GOP lawmakers could cut later on.

Governor Scott Walker, who chairs the commission, has proposed a $329 million package. About 60 percent of the amount would go to a new headquarters facility for the state Transportation Department in Madison. The new structure would replace the 56-year-old Hill Farms office building on the city’s west side.

Walker is proposing $1.4 billion in borrowing in both the general state budget and the capital budget, which Republican leaders in the Legislature have indicated they want to cut by about $300 million. The move could require dropping some of the projects proposed under the budget plan.