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Green Building Law--Battle of the Blogs
Today, my co-conspirator and green building blog buddy over at Green Building Law Update criticized a post I wrote a few weeks back on Wisconsin governor Jim Doyle vetoing a green building bill that mandated 15% of gross square footage of state space to be LEED certified. The essence of Chris' piece is that
The Governor properly vetoed spending state funds to certify public buildings as green.
Except, that's not why he vetoed the bill. He vetoed it because it requires all moneys available for use by the building commission to be devoted to making state buildings green.
In his letter to the senate he stated:
[The requirement that all moneys be used for greening buildings] will result in all current maintenance projects being delayed indefinitely. In the future, the commitment of all these funds for this single purpose will also sharply curtain the state's ability to build new building or maintain its existing facilities.
In short, he vetoed it because it was too expensive and that money should be used for building new, non-green facilities or repairing old ones in a non-green manner.