UPDATE: Selling of state property given green light

UPDATED Tuesday, May 21, 2013 --- 2:46 p.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's Republican-controlled budget committee has approved Gov. Scott Walker's proposal to allow for the sale of public properties including power plants, prisons, University of Wisconsin dormitories and highways.

The Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday altered Walker's original plan so that any proposed sale would have to be approved by the committee. It also voted to disallow the sale of any state-owned property that is at least 50 percent funded from federal funds or from gifts or grants.

The proposal adopted is similar to Walker's in that it would not require a competitive bidding process, but it would call for at least one estimate of value by a private assessor and a cost benefit analysis.

Democrats objected, saying no-bid contracts should not be allowed to sell public property.

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UPDATED Tuesday, May 21, 2013 --- 11:06 a.m.

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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Posted Monday, March 18, 2013 --- 10:07 a.m.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- A legislative fiscal analysis says state administrators would have broader power to sell or lease state-owned property under Gov. Scott Walker's proposed budget.

The Legislative Fiscal Bureau says the Department of Administration could sell the properties without the approval of the agency which has jurisdiction over them. A sale would be subject to approval from the Building Commission, which is headed by the governor.

Walker spokesman Cullen Werwie tells the State Journal the governor wants to explore the possibility of selling unused land or state-owned power plants. Assembly Minority Leader Peter Barca says Walker's proposal is too broad and is inappropriate for the budget. He says if the proposal is to explore the sale of power plants, then the language should be more specific.

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