As reported by WisPolitics.com, the Joint Finance Committee approved redirecting more than $21 million in bonding to offset rising costs for Milwaukee and Racine counties as they build new facilities for young offenders. Meanwhile, one committee member warned inflation will likely raise the $42 million price tag for a new state-run facility to house the most serious juvenile offenders. The committee quickly approved the bonding for Milwaukee and Racine counties to cover construction costs for their facilities. Those detention centers are part of a multi-pronged approach to closing the state's troubled youth prisons - Lincoln Hills and Copper Lake in northern Wisconsin. Ahead of the committee vote, Rep. Evan Goyke, D-Milwaukee, called the additional state funding for the county-run facilities an important step, particularly on the heels of the Evers administration last week announcing a site in Milwaukee for the new type 1 facility.
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