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State lawmakers say federal stimulus remains on fast track


MADISON (WKOW) -- Work on the first infrastructure projects in Wisconsin to be okayed for federal stimulus funds will begin in just weeks.

In the tiny Dane County village of Rockdale, about $50,000 has been approved to build a new bridge.

Projects like the one in Rockdale require not only prioritization by the Doyle Administration, but  approval from the legislature's joint finance committee.   Rules were changed Mar. 17 to require agreement from the majority of the committee, as opposed to approval from just the committee co-chairs, for federal funds for state infrastructure projects.

Committee leaders say every proposal will be acted on within fourteen days.

Much road, bridge and dam work has a chance to qualify for federal funds.

"There are over 150 vectors through which federal stimulus is coming through the state, so there are alot of opportunities,"  committee co-chair Sen. Mark Miller (D-Monona) told 27 News.

Lawmakers, and the state office of recovery and reinvestment are working to connect proposals with the appropriate stream of federal revenue.

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