Sen. Shilling statement on Gov. Walker’s Dept. of Transportation budget proposal

Senate Democrats call for responsible, long-term budget plan


MADISON, WI – Gov. Walker’s Department of Transportation (DOT) is once again calling for widespread road project delays and construction layoffs to address a transportation funding shortfall. Gov. Walker’s DOT has proposed a 2017-19 transportation budget that ignores the needs of communities across Wisconsin, slashes funding for the I-94 N/S Freeway project and leaves several projects unfinished.


Senate Democratic Leader Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse) issued the following statement in response to the proposed transportation budget offered by Gov. Walker’s DOT:


“Once again, Gov. Walker’s administration has failed to offer a serious, long-term transportation funding solution. This plan ignores widespread calls from Democrats and Republicans for a sustainable transportation revenue source to reduce the need for borrowing while improving our local roads and keeping major projects on schedule.


“While increased maintenance and preservation funding is important, it’s irresponsible to provide that funding by simply pretending the need to reconstruct and modernize Wisconsin’s freeway system doesn’t exist.


“Wisconsin families want solutions that create jobs, invest in infrastructure and expand economic opportunities across our state. Democrats are committed to protecting Wisconsin jobs, ensuring our bridges and roads are safe and upgrading Wisconsin’s transportation infrastructure.”


Wisconsin roads have been rated 3rd worst in the nation and significant maintenance and safety upgrades have been identified. Gov. Walker’s proposal ignores these major transportation needs and compounds future funding challenges by rejecting calls for a sustainable funding plan. The current proposal also cuts more than $300 million from the Transportation Finance and Policy Commission’s recommended minimum infrastructure investment.


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