Brewtown Politico

Carrying a little stick and speaking loudly in Milwaukee


Gov. Jim Doyle has vetoed $35 million of a study for rebuilding the zoo interchange in Milwaukee.

Doyle deleted the 8 in the $38 million the legislature allocated for the study leaving $3 million in funding for the project, which is scheduled to begin in 2016. Wisconsin's line item veto law allows the governor to change numbers and drop words from sentences. Former governor Tommy Thompson became famous for using the law to change the whole meaning of budget items.

As for the study, there's no doubt the crowded interchange needs to be rebuilt at some point, but it's not for another ten years. Also, I'm curious as to why the legislature believes the study deserves $38 million without doing a bit of construction on the project.


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