Transportation funding in Wisconsin has been a central campaign issue this year, dividing Scott Walker against some in his own party and uniting Democrats who say they more funding for the state's roads is needed.
The issue has fractured Republicans in the Legislature. During budget negotiations, Gov. Scott Walker straddled that divide, setting himself up to campaign on a narrative that runs counter to reports from nonpartisan analysts.
Mark Gottlieb resigned as DOT secretary in December 2016 after a six-year tenure, a departure he said came as he realized he no longer shared Walker’s approach to addressing the state’s transportation needs. He is frustrated by what he says is a disingenuous portrayal of the facts on transportation and troubled that the state is neglecting crucial road improvements.
Wisconsin Department of Transportation reports that total funding across all state transportation programs has fallen since Gov. Scott Walker took office in 2011, despite statements Walker has made insisting he has made historic investments.
Half of Wisconsin's major roads are in poor or mediocre shape with Madison, Milwaukee and Wausau roads in the worst condition, according to a national report released Tuesday.
Two of Wisconsin’s busiest interstates should be expanded with more lanes to keep drivers safe in increasing traffic, according to two state studies, challenging comments Gov. Scott Walker made this week on the state’s transportation needs.
In the midst of ongoing criticism of his transportation record, Gov. Scott Walker doubled down Tuesday, highlighting savings he says the state will see after finishing a 12-mile stretch of Interstate 39/90 one year early.
The state Department of Transportation will no longer measure congestion and travel delays as it has for years in order to align with a federal change, a move some say is unnecessary and reflects an ongoing lack of transparency at the agency.
Lawmakers argued Thursday over how to allocate $60 million in unanticipated federal transportation money.
The condition of state roads in Democrat Kriss Marion's home county is a key reason she is running against Sen. Howard Marklein, R-Spring Green, who represents her in the state Senate. Marion and Marklein came together for a bus tour of state roads Wednesday, joined by more than a dozen local officials and county highway commissioners.
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Wisconsin cities were not shorted money by the state Department of Transportation and should receive funds they are due under a federal grant program in the coming months, according to an analysis by the state's nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau.