Madison’s Cost To Service State Facilities Is Growing, As State Financial Support Stagnates

Jonah Chester:

The cost Wisconsin’s cities incur from maintaining and serving state facilities have steadily climbed since the mid-1980s. But, for the past ten years, reimbursements on those costs from the state government have remained the same, according to a new report from the Wisconsin Policy Forum.

The result is an ever-increasing financial burden on cities, forcing them to shoulder service costs for the state’s buildings. That impact is especially high in Madison — which, as the state capitol, has a disproportionately high number of state facilities to maintain.

For more, WORT Producer Jonah Chester spoke with Mark Sommerhauser, a policy researcher with the Wisconsin Policy Forum.