Proposal to sell Wis. state properties up for vote

Proposal to sell Wis. state power plants, other properties up for vote in budget committee

Associated Press

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A wide-reaching change that would allow the state to sell off properties ranging from prisons and power plants to University of Wisconsin dormitories and state highways is up for approval before the Legislature's budget committee.

Gov. Scott Walker is proposing the provision as part of his state budget up for a vote Tuesday in the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee. Walker's administration has said it made the proposal intentionally broad because there is no current inventory of how much property the state owns.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau says because there is no inventory of what properties it would make sense to sell, Walker didn't want to limit his authority to do that.

The measure is expected to be significantly scaled back by the Republican-controlled budget committee.

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