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Lawmakers push for funding new UWEC Science Hall

Eau Claire (WQOW) – Local lawmakers have submitted a motion to have a new Phillips Hall on the UW-Eau Claire campus added to the state budget.

The governor had included the project as part of his capitol budget, but that entire budget was voted down by Republicans in March.

Now, five local Republican lawmakers are asking the Joint Finance Committee to reconsider the project representatives (Warren Petryk, Jesse James, Treig Pronschinske, Romaine Quinn and Rob Summerfield). Two local Democrats have also signed on (Sen. Jeff Smith and Rep. Jodi Emerson).

“I can’t thank our local and regional legislators enough for their bipartisan support to include the Science and Health Sciences Building in the capital budget,” said UWEC Chancellor James Schmidt. “This important investment in northwest Wisconsin will create new opportunities for UW-Eau Claire students, faculty and staff, advance our research partnership with Mayo Clinic, and benefit businesses in the greater Chippewa Valley.”

University officials say Phillips Hall costs more than $530,000 every year just to operate because of its age.

The cost of replacing the 60-year-old building is expected to be $256 million

Stephen Kelley

Stephen Kelley joined the News 18 team in August 2006. He is currently the Executive Producer.

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