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Waiting game continues for new prison

Kewaunee County will have to wait a little longer if it still wants a new state prison to be built in the area. A replacement for the aging Green Bay Correctional Institution was included in the budget sent to the desk of Governor Tony Evers at the end of June, only to be vetoed a few days later. According to the USA Today- Wisconsin Network, the Democratic governor nixed the $5 million plan to acquire land and request proposals because he would like to continue to explore ways to reform the criminal justice system. The village of Luxemburg and city of Algoma have expressed interest in seeing a future state prison built in their communities. Prior to the budget decision, Kewaunee County Board Chairperson Robert Weidner told that a lot of considerations would have to be made before even a single shovel could break ground if a new prison is ever approved.

Kewaunee County was also considered a player for the GBCI replacement during previous budget discussions, but a deal to build the projected $300 million facility could not be reached.

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