JFC nixes Evers’ call to create new bureau for DNR scientists

Joint Finance Committee Republicans rejected Gov. Tony Evers’ call to create a new bureau to house the DNR’s scientists while approving two of the five new positions he wanted to create.
The GOP motion also proposed increasing by $4 million borrowing for contaminated sediment removal in Lake Michigan, Lake Superior and their tributaries rather than the $25 million increase he wanted. Since 2007, $32 million in bonding has been authorized for the work.
The motion, approved 12-4 along party lines, followed some of Evers’ proposals in the DNR. But all told, the GOP motion would borrow $28 million...

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