Goveror Doyle Says No to Part of State Budget

(WAUNAKEE) Governor Doyle says he'll veto part of the budget that would force the Department of Natural Resources to use its stewardship fund to buy land already owned by the state.

Doyle says the purchase would drain the stewardship fund of $80 million.

The stewardship fund was set up in 1961 by environmental leader Gaylord Nelson, who was governor at the time. The fund sets aside $60 million in bonds each year to buy and develop land. Nelson died earlier this month.

Republicans say the provision lets the DNR integrate the forest land with other protected land the agency owns, while generating more money for schools and the university.

We'll have more tonight on NBC 15 News at 5 and 6.

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