Dane County Budget Process Needs Reform

Written by Matt Kozlowski, Co-Chair of Progressive Dane As the entire State of Wisconsin continues to live with the shock of our new State Budget, Dane County residents, activists, and agencies are gearing up for yet another round of budgeting (no, not more horror from our state legislature): the Dane County budget. While the County budget is rarely examined with the same expectation of horror and disbelief as our state and federal budget, the community should treat our municipal budgets with the same degree of importance.  Some of the highlights from this most recent state budget deliberations include attempts to sideline public oversight of government, complete disregard for the opinions of constituents, and drastic changes made behind closed doors. All of these elements can also be found in previous Dane County budget cycles. Continue reading

Madison’s Panhandling Ordinance Is Likely Unconstitutional

By Brenda Konkel — Press release, letter (and attachment) from the ACLU that the Mayor and alders received this morning. Continue reading

City meetings for the week of August 3-7

By Brenda Konkel — Only 16 meetings, expect many additions this week. Continue reading

County meetings for the week of August 3-7

By Brenda Konkel — In August mode, only 10 meetings, and of course 60% before 5:30. Continue reading

Judge Doyle Square Update

By Brenda Konkel — At least what they were willing to divulge in open session in about a half hour. I was surprised they did anything in open session, since it was noticed for closed session. Continue reading

Dane County public meetings for the week of July 27–31

By Brenda Konkel — Six meetings this week, two after 5:30, three before 10am. Ever feel like these meetings aren’t really for the public? Continue reading

Scheduled city of Madison meetings for the week of July 27–31

By Brenda Konkel — Only 17 meetings this week (so far), only 2 start after 5:30, 6 start before 4:30.. Ever feel like they really don’t want the public to attend? Continue reading

City of Madison Launches New Program to Improve Food Access

By Janette Rosenbaum — Madison's Healthy Retail Work Group is about to launch a new funding program. The program will offer financial assistance to retailers or organizations seeking to bring more fresh, healthy food to recognized food deserts — also known as areas of focus— within the city. These newly-identified areas suffer from low access to healthy food due to low income, limited access to transportation, or lack of adequate nearby food resources. Continue reading

Development and Democracy

By Sue Pastor — Early in June, Common Council chose to delay a vote on the T Wall Enterprises Portage Road Apartments, taking a step that allowed more time to address the concerns of project neighbors and illustrating the importance of a democratically minded alder.   Continue reading