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GOP Senators Urge DOT Secretary to Use Budget Funds for Roads
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 07/18/2019

A group of 10 Republican state senators are asking Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Craig Thompson to follow the intent of the legislature when deciding how to utilize the $75 million his agency was allocated in the recently passed state budget. In a letter to Thompson on Wednesday, the lawmakers expressed disappointment in Gov. Evers' partial veto decision to cut $15 million from the original $90 million that was included in the budget for road and highway improvements.

"The legislature passed this strong Local Road Funding package in our version of the budget because we heard our constituents," the memo said. "Unfortunately, the veto does not guarantee where the investment will be made and how it will be administered... we are optimistic that the remaining $75 million will be dedicated to local roads and bridges."

The senators further noted that the budget was written so that the infrastructure improvements would be directed through the Local Road Improvement Program with a 90-10 match to help local municipalities attain the revenues needed to fix their own local roadways.

"Road funding continues to be one of the most important issues to those we serve," they said. "They need attention now and our local governments are ready."

The memo was signed by Senators Howard Marklein, Alberta Darling, Devin LeMahieu, Tom Tiffany, Luther Olsen, Dan Feyen, Duey Stroebel, Van Wanggaard, Kathy Bernier, and Jerry Petrowski.

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