Southwest WI road projects face costly delays due to GOP budget cuts
Gov. Walker proposes millions in borrowing while ignoring underlying revenue problem
MADISON - A recently released memo to state legislators by Gov. Walker's administration announced dozens of road construction and repair project delays due to recent budget cuts. The memo outlined 114 project delays in western and southwestern Wisconsin costing taxpayers millions more, increasing safety concerns and preventing the creation of thousands of jobs.
"These potholes and crumbling bridges aren't going to fix themselves," said Senator Jennifer Shilling (D-La Crosse). "At a time when we should be working to grow businesses and create jobs, recent budget cuts are jeopardizing important economic development efforts."
A growing coalition of business groups, community leaders and working families have launched a public outreach campaign urging legislators to address transportation funding shortfalls and prevent costly project delays. While Democratic leaders have urged Gov. Walker to call the legislature into special session to pass a long-term funding solution, the inability of Republican in the Legislature to take on Gov. Walker's veto threats has resulted in political gridlock and costly project delays.
"Gov. Walker is done campaigning for president, yet legislative Republican continue to side with him in opposing transportation funding solutions," added Shilling. "I would hope that with Gov. Walker's presidential campaign behind us, we could work together and find bipartisan solutions to protect Wisconsin families, prevent costly project delays and find a long-term solution to strengthen our infrastructure."
In La Crosse, Vernon, Crawford and Monroe counties, two dozen projects representing over $53.7 million in needed road upgrades and repairs are being delayed. Unless a stable, long-term funding solution is identified, these road and bridge maintenance projects could be delayed indefinitely.