Weekly Democratic Radio Address:
"Wisconsin transportation shortfall: Just fix it"


MADISON – Senator Janis Ringhand offered the following Democratic Weekly Radio address today regarding the transportation funding shortfall.

"Transportation has never been a partisan issue and shouldn’t be one now. Roads are crumbling and projects are being delayed in areas represented by Democrats and Republicans alike. This is an issue we should be able to work together on and solve. People and businesses in every part of the state depend on a safe and efficient transportation system." - Sen. Janis Ringhand 

The audio file of this week’s address can be found here: 
http://media2.legis.wisconsin.gov/multimedia/Sen16/ringhandradio7.21.16.mp3

A written transcript of the address is below: 

"Hi, this is State Senator Janis Ringhand. It’s July in Wisconsin and that means we are in the heart of road construction season. I’m sure everybody has driven by the orange construction barrels that dot our highways and local roads. Although road construction is an inconvenience it’s necessary to ensure safety and promote economic development. Wisconsin’s transportation funding is at a tipping point.

"Crucial decisions need to be made whether to increase funding for the program or maintain the current level of funding, resulting in delayed and postponed projects. Excessive borrowing is no longer an option. Nearly 21 cents of every dollar collected will go toward paying off debt in 2017.

"If the Governor chooses to maintain our current funding levels project delays will cost state taxpayers. When projects are paused because of financial challenges in the state’s road fund, the price of materials, labor and real estate can rise.Compounding the problem is that our roads are the fourth worst in the country.

"Transportation has never been a partisan issue and shouldn’t be one now. Roads are crumbling and projects are being delayed in areas represented by Democrats and Republicans alike. This is an issue we should be able to work together on and solve. People and businesses in every part of the state depend on a safe and efficient transportation system. Senate Democrats are committed to working on a funding plan that meets our transportation needs. Doing nothing is simply too expensive."

 

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