Kewaunee County officials have about five million reasons why they are going to be paying closer attention to the state budget process in the coming weeks. The Joint Finance Committee recently approved $5 million to be spent to replace the aging Green Bay Correctional Institution. The money would be spent to purchase the land, put in utilities, and ask for proposals. Kewaunee County was considered a possible landing spot when a GBCI replacement plan was brought up during the last budget session. County Board Chairperson Bob Weidner says a number of conditions would have to be met before serious discussions could begin.
Officials in Algoma and Luxemburg have already voiced their interest in having the possible prison built in their jurisdictions.