One change to Gov. Scott Walker’s 2015-17 budget proposal requires the Department of Administration to solicit lease options outside Dane and Milwaukee counties “before signing or renewing any lease for space.”
DOA would have to prepare a cost-benefit analysis to determine whether the state could save money from moving a state agency, department, division, bureau or office to a new location outside of the state’s two largest counties.
It is a good idea. Notice that it does not require that DOA move government offices outside of Milwaukee and Dane Counties, but it requires them to consider it. For some things, it may make perfect sense for them to be located elsewhere. For others, it may not. But it’s worth considering, no? These are agencies that serve the whole state. Unless there is a tangible reason for them to be located near the capital, like proximity to the legislature or something, we should consider dispersing our government throughout the state.