Confluence Project Loses Funding

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The joint finance committee in Madison has voted to remove funding for the Confluence Project from the state budget. The vote passed twelve to four…Governor Scott Walker had proposed 15-million dollars from the state’s general fund for the performing arts portion of the project.  That’s what was taken out today. This afternoon, committee members talked about their reasons for and against the project. “The other little piece here is UW-Eau Claire, they have not, barely had any new buildings in the past three decades, and they are in desperate need for a Performing Arts Center. So this project is serving a lot of local needs.” “I think there is a lot of legitimacy for it, but as responsible policy-makers we need to make a decision as far as right now, do we want to fund schools or fund projects like this?” Mike Rindo: “ I think what we’ve heard loud and clear from legislators is that they understand that we compete with the Twin Cities and that was stated today and that’s the truth. So if we’re going to have the ability to attract the top talent that’s need for our local economy, we need to have the kind of amenities that the Confluence Project provides so we didn’t hear that ‘oh you’re too small, Eau Claire.” Eau Claire Chamber President, Bob McCoy told us this afternoon that “The chamber is disappointed with the decision and will continue to move forward and look at other potential options for funding”

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