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GOP Promises New Bill to Fund State Juvenile Centers

GOP Promises New Bill to Fund State Juvenile Centers

Created: June 12, 2019 04:36 PM

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republican lawmakers say they're still looking to build new state facilities to house juvenile offenders after Wisconsin's youth prison closes.
    
A 2018 state law requires the prison outside Irma to close by 2021. Offenders would move to new state and county facilities.
    
The bill authorized $25 million in borrowing for new state facilities. Gov. Tony Evers created an additional $90 million in bonding for the centers in his state budget.
    
Republicans on the Legislature's finance committee scrapped Evers' plan Tuesday and shifted the $25 million in existing borrowing authority to the counties.
    
Assembly Corrections Committee Chairman Michael Schraa and Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Van Wanggaard said Wednesday that they want a better handle on state costs and the counties need more money.
    
Wanggaard said he expects a new funding bill for state facilities in September.
 

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