MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee are complaining about the Department of Natural Resources' land stewardship program.
They peppered DNR officials with questions about the program during a hearing Tuesday, asking about how much the state owes for land purchases and how much the agency pays out to local governments to make up for lost property tax revenue.
DNR Budget Director Joe Polasek told the committee the agency expects to pay $81 million in each of the next two years on debt service. He says the DNR plans to pay $13 million in each of the next two years in lieu of taxes.
Rep. Dan LeMahieu, a Cascade Republican, says no one will be happy until Wisconsin leads its neighboring states in government-owned land.
- Taking one for the city: La Crosse boy cleans up skate park
- Local family shares story of premature birth
- Area climate activists voice their opinions over Trump's policies
- Popular Netflix series starts suicide conversation
- Local police, organization work to reduce excessive drinking behavior
- Road closures in La Crosse this weekend
- Get rid of your unused or unwanted prescription medications this Saturday
- Onalaska High School students plan 5K for good cause
- Ninth annual Earth Fair attracts local families
- Coulee Council on Addictions announces plans for new building