Walker promises $6.4B for transportation
Budget surplus will fund program, governor says
Republican Gov. Scott Walker said his executive budget will include billions of dollars for transportation infrastructure.
In a news release Friday, the governor's office said the budget will invest $6.4 billion in transportation, including $824 million in new money.
The funds will include money for freight rail, roads, bridges, airports and highways, Walker said. In a news conference Friday, Walker said the money was part of a state surplus.
Speaking to employees at Baraboo’s Seneca Foods, Walker said $10 million will provide grants to improve commercial harbors, $55 million will fund routine maintenance and $3 million will go to the state patrol for recruit training.
"The reason we can do that, two years ago remember we had a $3.6 billion budget deficit and we had to make some tough decisions," Walker said. "But they proved to be wise decisions because today, instead of a $3.6 billion deficit, we have a surplus that is almost half a billion dollars and we have revenue growth projected for the next two years."
A bipartisan task force recommended last month that the state should raise gas taxes and impose new mileage-based registration fees, but Republican leaders rejected both ideas.
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