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Walker: No need to spend more on widening highways

MILWAUKEE (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker says the state should focus on fixing and maintaining its current transportation infrastructure instead of spending more on widening highways.

The governor made the comments Tuesday in response to a question about transportation spending during an event sponsored by the Rotary Club of Milwaukee and the Milwaukee Press Club. Walker says the transportation system is changing with more young people relying on ride-sharing and more electric and hybrid vehicles on the roads.

Walker’s Democratic opponent in his re-election bid, Tony Evers, has suggested increasing the 32.9-cent-per-gallon gas tax to get more money for roads. But Walker says the state doesn’t need “a massive gas tax increase.”

Walker says he will talk more about his ideas for transportation funding in the coming weeks.

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