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Mayoral candidates react to state budget proposal

MADISON (WKOW) — Much of Gov. Tony Evers’ budget proposal could send millions of dollars in extra money to cities like Madison.

Friday, Mayor Paul Soglin praised Evers’ proposals.

City staff says the budget would help the city pay for transportation and transit, and also could close loopholes that allow big business to pay lower property taxes.

Soglin called the budget an improvement over the previous administration’s spending plans.

“It takes Wisconsin from eight years of looking backwards and going into a dark, depressing hole into the direction of sunlight, openness, fairness,” Soglin said.

Soglin will square off against former alder Satya Rhodes-Conway in the mayoral election.

She was also pleased with Evers’ proposed budget, especially the transportation funding.

“As you know, one of our major issues here is transportation,” she said. “We really need rapid transit in Madison, and I’m excited about the prospect of working together with the governor to bring that here.”

The general election for Madison’s mayor will be April 2.

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