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Budget committee scales back Doyle's building plans

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State lawmakers have pared down Gov. Jim Doyle's building proposals.

Thursday, the Legislature's Joint Finance Committee voted to remove bonding from the new state budget for suite-style dormitories at Madison and five other University of Wisconsin campuses. Those projects include renovations to the Madison and Eau Claire student unions, Hmong cultural centers in Madison and Milwaukee, and a Civil War museum in Kenosha.

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The panel did vote 16-0 to approve new academic buildings at UW-Madison, La Crosse, Superior, Parkside and Oshkosh.

Doyle's original bonding package totaled $540 million, but Rep Scott Suder, R-Abbotsford, said it was not right to max out the state's credit card.

Still, the items that were cut had their supporters. Sen. John Lehman, D-Racine, said scrapping the new dorms would drive college students out of state.

Matt Canter, Doyle spokesman, says the governor is still holding out hope all the projects can eventually be approved.

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