Budget panel to consider Evers clean water borrowing plan

MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Legislature's budget-writing committee is set to consider Gov. Tony Evers' proposal to authorize more borrowing for clean water projects.

Evers wants to increase the clean water program's borrowing authority by $13.5 million and the safe drinking water loan program's borrowing authority by $3.6 million over the biennium.

The clean water fund program provides low-interest loans to municipalities for planning, building or replacing wastewater treatment facility; reducing nonpoint pollution; or reducing storm water runoff. The program is currently authorized to borrow $3.2 billion.

The safe drinking water program provides financial assistance to municipalities for designing, building or modifying public water systems. It's currently authorized to borrow $71.4 million.

The Joint Finance Committee is scheduled consider the proposal Tuesday. Republicans who control the panel could adopt, modify or scrap the proposal.

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