Republicans vent anger over roads funding

Republicans vent anger over roads funding

Republicans are pressing the head of the Wisconsin Department of Transportation about what the state’s long term plan is for paying for roads.

Sen. Alberta Darling is co-chair of the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee. She says the state has been “kicking the can down the road” and the time is now to figure out a funding plan. Darling says, “We cannot just keep putting off projects.”

And fellow Republican Rep. Dale Kooyenga says there needs to be a serious conversation about increasing taxes or fees to pay for roads.

But Gov. Scott Walker is steadfastly opposed to increasing taxes or fees to pay for roads.

Transportation Department Secretary Dave Ross says he understands anger about delayed projects.

Darling says finding a solution to transportation funding is “probably going to be the biggest challenge in this budget.”

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