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Design-build in Republican transportation plan (UPDATE)

Traffic passes in July through a section of Interstate 94 that’s being rebuilt near Mount Pleasant. Republican lawmakers on Wednesday began circulating about a dozen bills dealing with transportation matters. Among other things, the proposals would allow design-build delivery on state projects. Also, rather than increasing the state’s gas tax, the legislation would have a certain amount of the taxes now collected on sales of vehicles and automotive parts set aside for the state’s transportation fund. (File photo by Kevin Harnack)

Wisconsin Republicans scrapped Gov. Tony Evers’ transportation budget Thursday and replaced it with a plan that would pay for road work using a combination of title- and registration-fee increases, an infusion of general tax dollars and new borrowing. The proposal also would allow the design-build delivery system to be tested out and make various other far-reaching changes to transportation policy.

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Transportation bills seek to balance higher revenue with reforms

Traffic passes through a construction site along Verona Road near Madison in July 2018. Republican lawmakers are preparing to release a group of bills meant to raise money for road projects and make various changes to Wisconsin’s transportation policies and procedures. (Staff photo by Kevin Harnack)

Wisconsin Republicans say a proposed gas tax is dead-on-arrival and have introduced a set of transportation bills calling for a funding alternative and a number of department overhauls meant to cajole skeptical lawmakers into assenting to a revenue increase.

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