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Proposed State Street changes by Library Mall inspires city, UW-Madison to address connections

Representatives from the city and the UW-Madison kicked off plans to redevelop the 700 and 800 blocks of State Street near Library Mall Tuesday with a public input meeting. The plan is part of a larger series of developments that could drastically change the appearance State Street, with the 100 block currently under construction and the Mullins Group recently announcing broad changes to the 500 block. >More
 Madison's 2013 property assessments released, values see a slight increase

Madison's taxable property is now worth just under $20.4 billion, about a 1% increase over last year. Of the city's 73,793 parcels, 40% are seeing a change in assessment in 2013 -- with 7,220 increasing in value and 22,458 decreasing. It's the first time property values have seen a collective increase since 2009, says Mark Hanson, the city's assessor. >More
 Rotary Club of Madison turns 100

It was "Beatles Month" at Downtown Rotary when I joined Madison's oldest, largest and most important service club in 2001. As I looked out from the dais and saw my old University of Wisconsin Law School professor Gordon Baldwin -- engaging academic and campus chair of the 1972 Nixon campaign -- singing "Eleanor Rigby," I knew this was the club for me. >More
 Hunting critics want a say in Wisconsin's wildlife management

Patty Lowry had never been to a meeting of the Wisconsin Conservation Congress before attending the group's spring hearing last week at Sun Prairie High School. But her interest in the group has grown since she learned it was behind the recently passed state law allowing trapping and expanded hunting in state parks. >More
 Dane County Democrats take back seat in 2013 legislative session

It's a given that lawmakers in the minority party are frozen out of leadership positions on legislative committees, powerful or otherwise. It's the chairperson, after all, who holds the power to advance or kill legislation. So it's no surprise that Democrats, who have been the minority party in both the state Senate and state Assembly since 2010, when Republican Gov. Scott Walker also took office, chair no committees. >More
 Lobbying expenditures dropped in Wisconsin politics for 2011-12

During the past two years, money has played an unprecedented role in Wisconsin politics. It seemed certain that Wisconsin would set a new record for lobbying outlays -- money spent trying to influence state law or policy. >More
 Madison Common Council bids farewell to 2013's outgoing members

By all accounts, serving on the Madison Common Council is a thankless job. The two-year terms involve long hours at meetings that sometimes last all night. Alders regularly field calls from angry and upset residents and have to make agonizing decisions over city funding. And many of their constituents probably don't even know their names or bother to vote for them. >More
 City committee votes to move Rhythm & Booms fireworks launch from wetlands to parking lot

The city of Madison's Committee on the Environment amended this year's contract with the organizers of Rhythm & Booms to move the fireworks display out of the Warner Park wetlands and into the parking lot. The pleas of the local advocacy group Wild Warner on behalf of the wildlife of Warner Park, complete with bird calls and bagged displays of firework debris, prevailed on the committee Monday to take measures to protect the wetlands. >More
 Wisconsin Business Alliance prepares to lobby lawmakers on public education, broadband access, green energy

Lower taxes and less government red tape often top the wish lists for business groups. But the newly formed Wisconsin Business Alliance has different priorities. Keeping public education strong is one of them. "Our education system actually affects our ability to hire the best folks," says John Besmer, creative director and co-owner of Planet Propaganda, a design and advertising firm. >More
 Proposed changes for Madison Metro bus routes get a public hearing

Madison Metro Transit planning and scheduling manager Colin Conn said Wednesday night's public hearing on proposed changes to city bus routes went "swimmingly well" after 23 citizens appeared to offer feedback to the city's Transit and Parking Commission. The proposed changes would affect 23 routes. >More
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