Numerous organizations have pocketed more than $1.4 million in taxpayer incentives to hold events at the Monona Terrace Community and Convention Center in Madison, Wis., a lure that several have said is entirely unnecessary.
The reason? Some of those agencies would have used the Madison facility anyway.
Yet the city has already committed at least an additional $313,000 in incentives through 2020, a figure that’s expected to increase if more gatherings are scheduled.
That $1.75 million is a drop in the bucket compared to several alternatives being considered to entice more and bigger groups to come to the highly subsidized $67.4 million convention center, with one requiring as much as $88 million in taxpayer support.
Proposal for New Hotel
City officials are reviewing various proposals to redevelop the nearby Judge Doyle Square, including building a 300-room destination hotel with significant meeting space, commercial development, housing and parking.
In the meantime, Madison will...
Federal budget negotiators tried to craft a deal to win the votes of Republicans and Democrats in Congress, but they may have a harder time winning the support of groups lawmakers usually rely on to be allies.
Organizations on the “progressive” and “conservative” sides of the political spectrum appear to be firmly against the deal.
“[T]his budget agreement does nothing for the millions of people who remain without work and asks nothing from the people who caused our economic crisis and continue...
Red-light cameras are supposed to make dangerous intersections safer. But at what cost?
Recent data from the City of Tallahassee, Fla., show that in both human and financial terms, red-light cameras are costing residents of Florida’s capital city much more than they may realize.
But don’t count on hearing that side of the story at this week’s Red Light Camera Safety Program review at City Hall.
A news release from last week touts the program’s “decreases in injuries and violations,” suggesting...