MADISON, Wis. - The Legislature's budget-writing committee is scheduled to renew discussions over a proposal aimed at closing a $63.5 million deficit in Wisconsin's roads fund.
The committee plans to meet Wednesday to discuss the plan produced by the state's transportation department. The proposal involves delaying freeway work in the Milwaukee area and scaling back road aid to local governments.
The discussions were prompted by a drop in gas-tax revenue, which the nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau says will lead to a budget deficit of nearly $64 million. The governor's office had previously estimated the deficit would be about $13 million.
The committee already adopted parts of the DOT's plan last month. Those decisions included reducing funding to ease congestion and deleting provisions to add 24 more State Patrol inspectors and safety investigators.
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