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Cash for conventions: Madison offers incentives to groups to book Monona Terrace

Heywood Sanders warns Madison that the convention industry has gotten so competitive that cities are offering cash to lure events to their facilities. The public administration professor at the University of Texas at San Antonio gave a series of lectures on the subject last week, as the city contemplates spending more on Monona Terrace. In fact, Madison pays upwards of $150,000 a year to attract visitors to Monona Terrace, says Deb Archer, president and CEO of the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau. >More
 Madison's homeless advocates brace for winter

Steve Schooler is worried. With winter approaching, he wonders if the emergency shelters he runs for Porchlight will have enough space to accommodate all the homeless men in Madison. "In the last couple winters, we had 180 guests a night. That's stretching us to the virtual breaking limit," Schooler says. "If we bump up much further above that, there's going to be major issues. >More
 Madison Common Council puts 2014 budget to bed early

In a break from recent years, the Madison Common Council did not agonize all night for several days over adopting its 2014 budget. It wasn't so much that the council suddenly figured out the magic of budgeting, but that this year it had so little money to work with. >More
 Homeless shower program ends at First United Methodist Church

Donna Asif has seen the wonders of a nice hot shower. When she began helping out homeless people in 2007, she befriended a homeless man named Larry who had been banned from Porchlight's emergency shelter at Grace Episcopal Church because he was infested with lice and scabies. >More
 The people of Madison call for curbside composting

Ald. Scott Resnick was thrilled to see more residents pitch in with ideas on Madison's budget process this year. Using a new website, IdeaScale, residents logged in and told officials how to spend their tax dollars. >More
 Willy Street Co-op eyes a third store

The managers of the Willy Street Co-op think they've got this expansion thing down. After opening the successful Willy Street Co-op West in the fall of 2010, they're considering a third store, possibly on the far east side. >More
 Madison Metro can't afford new buses after federal funds dry up

Chuck Kamp thinks discretionary spending has gotten a bad rap. Madison Metro, where Kamp is general manager, has relied on this funding -- money appropriated by Congress annually that can include earmarks for pet projects -- to buy buses. But in recent years, public opinion has soured on discretionary spending, leaving Metro scrambling to figure out how to buy the buses it needs. >More
 Reopened Madison Central Library welcomes back homeless

Carol Froistad invites people walking around the newly renovated Madison Central Library to see if they can spot any homeless people. "There are quite a few here," she says. "Do you see them?" >More
 Dane County proposes raising Madison's landfill fee by 25%

The cost of throwing things out in Madison is getting more expensive. Dane County is proposing to hike the city's tipping fee at the Rodefeld landfill from $40 to $50 a ton next year. >More
 Community groups overwhelm Madison with requests for onetime funds

In July, the Madison Common Council got some extra cash from an early loan repayment. It decided to take $200,000 of the money and offer it to community groups for "emerging needs." But when the application deadline rolled around on Sept. 6, the city had received 75 funding requests -- totaling $2.5 million. >More
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