FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 25, 2017
CONTACT: Rep. Jim Steineke
Rep. Steineke Responds to Governor Walker’s “Get it Done”
MADISON – Assembly Majority Leader Jim Steineke (R-Kaukauna) released the following statement in response to Governor Walker’s insistence that lawmakers should rubber stamp his state transportation budget:
“Assembly Republicans are not standing in the way of the state transportation budget. We have said that we are open for negotiations and we are willing to explore options. However, we can’t build our roads on the backs of future taxpayers. We need a long-term solution.
Too many times we have heard that we can wait until the next budget to make the tough calls. In previous budgets, we admittedly reached compromises on borrowing with the promise that we’d address this elephant in the room ‘next time.’ That ‘next time’ is today. Ignoring the problem and putting a Band-Aid on it just won’t work.
As we have made abundantly clear, we are not willing to continue to borrow without a system in place to fund our current and future projects.
I think the public is smart enough to realize it’s time to `just fix it,’ and they’re fed up with politicians unwilling to take real action. Assembly Republicans are the ones who are pushing the process along, offering up ideas, and providing the leadership to get it done.
That’s why today I’m renewing my call on the Governor and the State Senate to come forward with a true, conservative plan that fixes our roads and pays for it without borrowing at the peril of our children.”