“We were very lucky,” said Blank, referring to the timing of the incident.
UW-Madison’s master plan underscores how big the maintenance backlog has become and stipulates that Van Hise will not be replaced until 2035 at the earliest.
One of the chairs of the budget committee, Rep. Mark Born, R-Beaver Dam, said lawmakers will focus on funding the necessary maintenance and repair projects.
“While there will certainly not be the high level of retention that the governor proposed, we will continue to make solid investments in our state’s infrastructure,” he said in a statement.
Other Republican leaders, including committee co-chair Senator Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, assembly spokesman Robin Vos, R-Rochester, and Senate majority leader Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, did not respond on Monday Requests for comments on UW’s construction projects and whether the incident at Van Hise changed their perspective.
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