Why is the Milwaukee wheel tax not enough to fix city streets?

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by WDJT Editor

MILWAUKEE-Whatever gains the city has made with a wheel tax has been eroded by cuts to state aid in local infrastructure.

That's the word tonight from the office of Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett.

While Governor Scott Walker refers to a 4% increase in state aid for transportation, Barrett's office says there's actually been an overall decrease of 10% in state aid for local infrastructure.

"The mayor is absolutely right to ask for budget surplus money to repair roads in the city," Alderman Terry Witkowski told CBS 58 News Tuesday night.

Meantime, local ambulance crews say they're having to adjust operations to deal with the extra bumpy ride to the hospital that is making local emergencies all the more precarious.

CBS 58 has team coverage.

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