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City doubles down on tourism funding for Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau

Madison's 2015 budget was especially tough to produce, with almost every city department forced to tighten their belts. Some departments saw slight increases in the $283 million budget -- mostly to cover modest increases in pay and benefits -- but overall spending generally stayed flat. There was one notable exception: The Greater Madison Convention & Visitors Bureau. >More
 Critics accuse Paul Soglin of election stunt

Did Mayor Paul Soglin play the Common Council with an ingenious political ploy? That's how some council members felt after last week's budget battle with the mayor. >More
 Environmentalists try to influence MGE through shareholders

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin is widely expected to rule in favor of Madison Gas and Electric's controversial proposed rate hike on Wednesday. MGE proposed increasing its flat fees while decreasing rates for the amount of electricity consumed. >More
 Madison offers small TIF grants for renovating downtown homes

Kaba Bah has done a lot of work on his new duplex on North Hancock Street, just a few blocks from Capitol Square. The UW-Madison researcher has replaced the house's roof, windows, siding and doors. He's also put in a new bathtub and granite kitchen in the upstairs unit. >More
 Arbor House wants more space from Monroe Street project

Another development project on Monroe Street is ruffling feathers, this one a 16-unit apartment building called The Glen, near the historic Arbor House, which was built before the Civil War. Complicating matters, city officials have been presented with conflicting versions of what this proposed apartment building might look like if built. >More
 MGE opposes Madison's effort to grow solar energy

In a July 11 letter to the U.S. Department of Energy, Mayor Paul Soglin conceded an unfortunate reality: "Today in Wisconsin the responsibility for promoting clean energy has become the domain of cities." The city is asking the DOE for a $600,000 grant to help increase solar generation here 30-fold by 2025. >More
 Jenifer Street Market eyes move to East Washington Avenue

Against all marketing odds, a residential corner a couple of blocks off Atwood Avenue has proved to be the perfect spot to grow a thriving grocery store called Jenifer Street Market. The store recently celebrated its 35th anniversary, despite not being on a major street and being a little hard to find. >More
 Should Olbrich Botanical Gardens charge out-of-towners admission?

As Madison officials struggle to draft another tight budget, they're faced with a familiar quandary: not enough money to do everything they want. "Everybody wants more money and there ain't no money," explains Ald. David Ahrens. >More
 Soglin defends Madison's debt strategy in 2015 capital budget

When Paul Soglin ran for mayor in 2011, he harshly criticized the amount of debt the city was incurring under his opponent, two-term incumbent Dave Cieslewicz. It was a major theme of the campaign. Soglin called Cieslewicz's budgeting practices unsound, with a ratio of debt service to general fund expenditures creeping toward 13%. >More
 Madison Common Council quietly keeps Judge Doyle Square hotel alive

The Madison Common Council quietly kept negotiations alive on the controversial Monona Terrace hotel project Tuesday night, leading a prominent critic to accuse his council colleagues of circumventing the public process. >More
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