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Dane County Board could weigh in on Judge Doyle Square

In February, the Madison school board sent a letter to the city, asking it to close the tax incremental finance district that the city intends to use to pay for the Judge Doyle Square project. Soon the Dane County Board of Supervisors -- with the encouragement of CA$H -- will consider a similar measure. >More
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Progressive Dane takes over petition drive against Judge Doyle Square

In May, Christopher Daly heard about a campaign to force the Common Council to hold referendums whenever the city wants to subsidize projects with more than $10 million of tax incremental financing. The idea was spurred by the city's $200 million Judge Doyle Square proposal, which includes a luxury hotel for Monona Terrace and could take up to $100 million in city aid. >More
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Citizen Dave: Driverless cars will change everything

There's a spirited debate going on right now about new smart phone-based services that operate in ways similar to taxis. As Isthmus has reported, the traditional taxi companies make the case that Lyft and Uber unfairly compete with their heavily regulated industry, although you could also argue that those regulations reduce competition. But wherever you come down on that debate, you ain't seen nothin' yet. >More
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Citizen group concedes push for referendum on Judge Doyle Square likely to fail

A citizens group collecting signatures for a petition to force a referendum on Judge Doyle Square conceded Wednesday that it likely won't be able get the more than 16,000 signatures needed to force a vote. >More
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Faced with criticism, Monona Terrace omits data from 2013 annual report

Every year, Monona Terrace releases a report touting the amount of economic activity the convention center generates here. Last year, Isthmus and others questioned the veracity of its data, pointing out inconsistencies and implausible assumptions. >More
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Madison Common Council members peeved by the call for a vote on Judge Doyle Square

Ald. Mark Clear is no fan of referendums. "It's sort of mob rule," Clear says of letting citizens legislate at the ballot. "Whichever side has the most money is likely to be successful. This is why we have representative government in the first place, so elected officials can understand the details." Clear especially hates the idea of letting residents weigh in on Judge Doyle Square, a project he champions. >More
Judge Doyle Square opponents propose a referendum for TIF spending of $10 million or more

Ald. David Ahrens is puzzled that the mayor and many Madison Common Council members support subsidizing a Monona Terrace hotel as part of the massive Judge Doyle Square project. Although many city officials and downtown boosters are sold on it, Ahrens has never met a regular citizen who champions the project. >More
Mayor Soglin says downtown TIF money belongs to the city, not the Madison school district

Mayor Paul Soglin wants to make one thing perfectly clear: money sitting in a tax incremental financing district downtown belongs to the city, not the schools. The city wants to use the TIF district to help pay for the controversial Judge Doyle Square project, which includes a hotel for Monona Terrace, offices, retail and housing. >More
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Is Epic driving push for Monona Terrace hotel at Judge Doyle Square?

Is Madison building a hotel for Monona Terrace or Epic Systems? That question was raised during Tuesday night's long Common Council debate over the controversial Judge Doyle Square project. >More
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Madison schools leery of TIF funding for Judge Doyle Square

The city is getting pushback from the Madison school district regarding the Judge Doyle Square project. In order to finance the project, the city needs to use tax incremental financing, or TIF, which diverts a portion of property taxes in a designated area for development. >More
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