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Dane County officials question funding for Regional Planning Commission

The way Dane County Board Chair Scott McDonell sees it, the county must choose between subsidizing sprawl or human services. McDonell is frustrated with efforts to rein in spending by the Capital Area Regional Planning Commission, a somewhat obscure body that oversees urban growth in Dane County by deciding when to allow sewerage districts to expand. >More
 Republican redistricting compells redos at the local level

The Republican state legislators' redistricting plan -- released last week to accusations of "gerrymandering" -- could pose headaches for local municipalities, which have been working on the redistricting process for months. >More
 Budget blues for the Metro bus system

Chuck Kamp, general manager of Metro Transit, is one of many people unhappy about the state budget. He has to figure out how to make up a $1.8 million drop in state funding, which amounts to about 4% of Metro's $50 million budget. As Kamp says, "It's a big hit." >More
 Madison Downtown Plan crawls forward

City planner Bill Fruhling has thrown up his hands on the timing of a completed Downtown Plan. In the works since 2008, the plan will present a vision of Madison's downtown that encompasses the arts, business, government, education, architecture, public spaces and transportation. >More
 Edgewater Hotel still in limbo

The Edgewater Hotel redevelopment project polarized Madison last year, pitting neighborhood preservationists against development interests in a protracted battle that led to several all-night city council meetings. >More
 No room at the Salvation Army shelters in Madison

Maj. Paul Moore doesn't like having to turn homeless families away from the Salvation Army Shelter. But these days, he doesn't have much choice. There aren't enough beds for all the families that need help. >More
 LogistiCare transit system aims to save money in Wisconsin by reducing riders

Susan Lampe fears that thousands of Wisconsinites will soon lose not only a ride to the doctor, but also the right to pick their health care providers. Beginning July 1, the state is scheduled to begin using an out-of-state company, Atlanta-based LogistiCare, to arrange rides for people receiving medical assistance, taking this role over from county governments. >More
 Rivals united -- against Scott Walker

Whoever wins the election to fill Joe Parisi's seat in the state Assembly will be no friend of Scott Walker. The race in the liberal Dist. 48 heavily favors Democrats. Seven are running in the July 12 Democratic primary. With no Republicans or independents yet registered (the deadline is June 14), the Democratic primary winner will likely coast to victory in the Aug. 9 general election. >More
 Madison rethinks its vow to fund Overture

Fans of the Overture Center hoped its financial struggles were finally over when the city agreed late last year to have a nonprofit entity own and manage the facility, with the promise of a $2 million annual city subsidy. >More
 Too much disclosure for Madison assistant city attorneys?

Madison Ald. Paul Skidmore has proposed exempting assistant city attorneys from the need to file financial disclosure forms. These include property holdings and financial interests, and are kept on file with the city clerk. >More
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