Walker prods lawmakers to ‘get it done’ on road funding

by Scott Bauer & Todd Richmond
Associated Press

Gov. Scott Walker on Thursday called on fellow Republicans in the Legislature to “get it done” and reach a deal on road funding, highlighting one of several disputes that are threatening to delay passage of a state budget on time.

Walker held a news conference at the highways 10/441 expansion and reconstruction project to stress the urgent need to reach a road funding agreement before the current budget year ends on June 30. He and Republican legislative leaders are at odds over the best plan.

The Republican governor wants to delay some major projects – but not the one in Neenah – while borrowing $500 million. Republicans who control the Senate and Assembly don't want to borrow that much but are hung up on alternatives. Walker reiterated his opposition to raising gas taxes or vehicle registration fees like Assembly Republicans are pushing, which would essentially have those who use the roads pay to improve them, but he's been open to other suggestions.

Walker also repeated his opposition to breaking off transportation funding from the rest of the state budget, which could delay reaching a deal for months and put funding for the current ongoing project in Neenah in jeopardy.

“Our message is simple: Get it done,” Walker said.

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