Dane Co. officials plan to convince lawmakers to invest in Alliant Energy expansion

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MADISON (WKOW) — Dane County officials said they’ll be working to convince lawmakers to approve a $30 million investment to the Alliant Energy Center since the state building commission rejected their capital budget recommendation.

Chair of the Dane County Board Sharon Corrigan said she’s disappointed Republican lawmakers refused to recommend Gov. Evers $30 million investment to the Joint Finance Committee. The investment would fund the expansion of the Alliant Energy Center to the Exposition Hall.

The committee will still receive all of Evers 82 recommendations but it won’t include any input from the building commission. Corrigan said they will now invest time to lobby for their project to be approved over dozens of others.

“Make our case to the legislature and be able to make the case this is a project that helps the whole state and there’s a good reason to invest in this project,” said Corrigan.

In the past, there have been disagreements on the building commission but over the last several decades never has the commission failed to make recommendations.

The expansion in total costs about $77 million. Governor Evers’ portion is about a third of that. Corrigan said a commission will soon be introduced to continue to move the project forward regardless of what the legislature decides.

The funding for the project comes through a non-state grant program that provides state bonding support for non-profit or local government projects that have a statewide public purpose.

Emilee Fannon

Emilee Fannon

Capital Bureau Chief

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