Walker addresses Wisconsin DOT proposed budget
A proposal for the 2017-2019 Wisconsin DOT budget is expected to be cut by about $447 million.
Governor Scott Walker addressed the proposed DOT budget and says it's a win for drivers.
The governor said there have been some misconceptions about delaying projects currently in progress such as the I90 project in Rock County and the Zoo Interchange in Milwaukee. He said both of those will continue on as scheduled. But there will be impacts in future phases.
Governor Walker's solution will add nearly $70 million for maintenance and $65 million for local governments to work on roads and bridges.
"I hear from people across the state because they want to make sure our local roads and bridges are taken care of. They want to make sure our system is taken care of and a few key areas like I’m standing in here now, it's important for us to move forward with this project," Walker said at a press conference.
Bonding levels for this budget are the lowest they've been since the 2001-2003 budget.
The governor said he is keeping his promise to voters, by not raising gas taxes or vehicle registration fees without making changes to the budget.