MADISON — A broad array of state properties, including prisons, university dormitories, power plants and highways, could be sold to private buyers without going through a public bidding process, under a provision approved by the Legislature's budget committee on Tuesday.
The Republican-controlled Joint Finance Committee went along with Gov. Scott Walker's original call to allow for the sale of the properties, but added a couple significant restrictions. No sale could go through without approval of the committee, and state-owned property funded with at least 50 percent federal funds or gifts or grants could not be sold.
When you hear that a state property has had its funding cut to less than half, blow it a kiss it goodby.
But don't worry. "there are no plans to sell any property that provides a public service like a campus dorm, a state highway or the prison system."
And they'd need the approval of a Republican committee to do it, so we're good there.