The City of Milwaukee cannot force utilities to cover the cost of relocating power lines, to accommodate a downtown streetcar.

The Wisconsin Public Service Commission ruled Wednesday that WE Energies does not have to cover the cost of relocating downtown power lines.

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The City of Milwaukee felt several body blows last week, when the Legislature’s Joint Finance committee passed budget provisions directly affecting the city.


Milwaukee’s proposed streetcar project has hit a bump in the road. The Legislature’s Joint Finance committee Thursday approved a provision in the Public Service Commission’s budget, that would shift any related costs for the streetcar from utility ratepayers to the city.