The Legislature’s budget-writing committee is scheduled to renew discussions over a proposal aimed at closing a $63.5 million deficit in Wisconsin’s roads fund.
Published: February 27, 2013
Tags: transportation fund
We agree that state legislators and the governor should not raid the state’s transportation fund to pay for non-transportation programs. And we think that general rule of thumb should apply to all state budgeting.
Tucked away in a Wisconsin budget that calls for reducing income taxes by $343 million and spending $6.4 billion on transportation is a proposal that would greatly change the way state construction projects are awarded and managed.
The Wisconsin Senate has approved a constitutional amendment that prevents lawmakers from diverting money from the state transportation fund to pay for other expenses.
Gov. Scott Walker planned to release details of his income tax cut on Wednesday as part of his state budget that also expands the private school voucher program, continues a freeze on spending in public schools, tightens income eligibility for Medicaid and puts state properties up for sale to pay for roads projects.
Over the years, Wisconsin’s transportation budget has been subjected to stale federal regulations and frequent in-state raids.
A proposed constitutional amendment that would prevent raids on the transportation budget took a step closer Tuesday to a statewide referendum.
Checks totaling $137.6 million for General Transportation Aids, Connecting Highway Aids, and Expressway Policing Aids have been given out to local governments across the state, according to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation. The July payments from WisDOT include $134,335,218 in General Transportation Aids to 1,921 cities in Wisconsin, $3,015,874 to 122 [...]
Four Wisconsin cities will receive state money to cover costs incurred last year for maintaining and operating nine lift bridges on highways. Checks totaling $2,329,621 are being distributed to the cities under the the Lift Bridge Aids program. Green Bay will receive $321,192 for its Main Street bridge; Manitowoc will get $219,446 for its 8th [...]
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is paying contractors millions of dollars for work that could be done cheaper by state employees. Through the end of last month, taxpayers were shelling out an extra $13.8 million to have private consultants do work that state workers could do. WisDOT officials blame an internal [...]