Spring has sprung
Lake Monona Waterfront, NCAA champions, tuition increases, and more. Here's what you need to know in Madison today.
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Good morning, Madison!
It’s the first official day of spring and I have it on good authority that trend forecasters are saying this season's hottest accessory is the Madison Minutes baseball hat.
You can't buy these bad boys in stores or even online. The only way to get your hands on one is by telling your friends about Madison Minutes!
Are you up for the challenge?
🦩 You can help determine the future of the Lake Monona Waterfront.
- After months of planning and development, three internationally renowned design teams have submitted their plans to reimagine the Lake Monona Waterfront.
- The architects were tasked with creating a welcoming, inclusive, and environmentally focused master plan for the area to help guide future lakeshore projects and improvements along Lake Monona.
- The design team finalists are Sasaki, Agency Landscape and Planning, and James Corner Field Operations. You can check out the key points of each team's plan here.
- Where you come in: Madison residents have until March 23 to provide feedback on the designs through this survey. You can check out the design plans online here or in person at the Madison Parks' new central office.
💰 How much the proposed UW System tuition increase could cost students.
- If you'll recall: UW System President Jay Rothman previously announced plans to seek a 5% tuition increase next school year. If approved, this would be the first time in roughly a decade that tuition has changed for in-state undergraduates.
- Resident undergraduate UW-Madison students would see a $419 increase in tuition and a $250 increase in room and meal plan rates, a roughly 3% increase overall, according to the State Journal. Non-resident UW-Madison undergraduate students would see tuition increase by $1,137, or 3.3%.
- There are no plans at this time to increase graduate tuition at UW-Madison.
- Next steps: The Board of Regents will consider the proposal at its meeting later this month.
⚖️ Longtime Secretary of State Doug La Follette is retiring.
- After more than four decades on the job, Doug La Follette announced he is retiring just months into his latest term.
- Gov. Tony Evers has appointed former State Treasurer Sarah Godlewski to serve the remainder of La Follette’s term, which runs through 2026.
- "After many years of frustration, I’ve decided I don’t want to spend the next three and a half years trying to run an office without adequate resources and staffing levels," La Follette wrote in his resignation letter. "After decades of public service, I must now focus on my personal needs."
🏒 National champs, once again.
- The Badger women's hockey team won the NCAA championship over the weekend when they shut out top-ranked Ohio State.
- This is the team's seventh title win in program history.
- You can celebrate with the team tonight at an event at LaBahn Arena.
🗳️ Your lunchtime read: A century ago, 3 women blazed a path in the Wisconsin Legislature.
- Via WHYsconsin: "How many women are there in the state Legislature? When was the first woman elected?
Those seemingly straightforward questions open a winding history through the state Capitol, from those first female assemblymen — as they were titled — to today, when women hold a record 41 of the state Legislature’s 132 seats."
🎙️ Today on City Cast Madison
Going Solar in Madison is Easier Than You Think
Powering your home with solar is not only good for the planet, it might actually save you money. Heather Allen, an advisor for RENEW Wisconsin, walks us through her experience putting solar panels on her Madison home. It’s easier than you might think, especially with incentives offered by the City of Madison, Wisconsin, and the federal government. Just watch out for squirrels.
🏦 Finances 101
This is a sponsored column from Bank of Sun Prairie.
- Self employed? Read these tax tips.
- How to maximize your 401K employer match for 2023
- How much should you save for retirement? Here's where to start.
- International Day of Happiness Celebration at State Line Distillery
- UW Poetry MFA Graduates Reading at Central Library
- Indigo Girls at Orpheum Madison
- Madison Astronomy on Tap at Leopold's Books Bar Caffe
- Trivia: World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE) Edition at High Noon Saloon
- Wisconsin Supreme Court Candidate Debate at State Bar of Wisconsin. Virtual option available.
📝 Miss a Minute?
Here are the headlines from our last newsletter.
- Goodbye, Burrito Drive.
- A look at the municipal referendum on the spring ballot.
- Reviving Ale Asylum’s flagship beers.
- Part of State Street could become a pedestrian mall this summer.
- Funding has come through for a new emergency shelter.