Infrastructure Category Archive


  • Proposed State Study Could Lead to Mileage Tracking Devices in Cars

    Executive Director Analiese Eicher of One Wisconsin Now said the proposal was a test to see how Republicans might vote on it.

    WQOQ-TV, 06/14/2019
  • Debt Payments for Wisconsin Road Work Have Doubled Under Scott Walker, Democrat Kelda Roys Says

    Roys says that under Walker, on a percentage basis, Wisconsin is “spending twice as much on debt service for just basic road repair and maintenance” than before he took office. The portion...

    PolitiFact, 06/11/2018
  • The Latest: Walker Confident I-94 Will Be Done on Time

    The state of Wisconsin will be receiving $86 million less than what it requested from the federal government to pay for upgrades and expansion of Interstate 94 south of Milwaukee in conjunction...

    WBAY-TV, 06/06/2018
  • Detour: Wisconsin Farmers Cope With New Bridge Restrictions

    New weight restrictions were placed on nearly 200 Wisconsin bridges — most on county and town roads in the western part of the state — this spring as highway engineers try to...

    La Crosse Tribune, 05/30/2018
  • Foxconn Plant Could Reduce Road Funding by $90 Million

    Funding for state road projects could be reduced as much as $90 million by mid-2019 in order to pay for roadwork related to the $10 billion Foxconn Technology Group plant in southeast...

    Associated Press, 02/28/2018
  • Scott Walker Floats Gas Tax Increase As Means to Get Federal Road Funding

    Gov. Scott Walker reopened Thursday the possibility of raising the state’s gas tax to pay the state’s share of a proposed $1.5 trillion federal infrastructure package… “We’re willing to invest to obtain...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 02/02/2018
  • Walker: Broadband Infrastructure Key to Northwoods Job Growth

    While it is hoped the recently signed “Mining for America” bill will spur the local economy through the creation of new jobs, Gov. Scott Walker noted during the bill signing ceremony Dec....

    Northwoods River News, 01/02/2018
  • Send Scott Walker Pictures of Roads in Disrepair

    It’s often said a picture is worth a thousand words. So let’s tell Scott Walker we’ve had enough of his and send him pictures of our roads in disrepair.

    One Wisconsin Now, 07/11/2017
  • Gov. Walker on Transportation Budget: “Get It Done”

    Gov. Scott Walker has three words for state lawmakers: “Get it done.” The governor called on the legislature to get the transportation budget completed during a stop in Neenah. The transportation budget...

    WBAY-TV, 05/25/2017
  • Governor Walker, Senator Fitzgerald Oppose Separating Roads Budget

    Gov. Scott Walker joined Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald on Thursday, May 11th in denouncing separating transportation funding from the state budget, saying there’s no reason to take that unusual approach to...

    WITI-TV, 05/11/2017
  • Kooyenga Hopeful That Scott Walker and State Senators Will Buy in to State Transportation Plan

    After rejecting Gov. Scott Walker’s transportation budget, state Rep. Dale Kooyenga, R-Brookfield, and Assembly Republicans put forward a new plan to fund state transportation last Thursday. It includes applying sales tax to...

    Capital Times, 05/07/2017
  • Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Doesn’t Support Assembly GOP Gas Tax Changes

    Assembly Republicans’ plan to pay for Wisconsin roads by applying the sales tax to gas has run into a roadblock in Gov. Scott Walker. The GOP governor and Assembly Republicans have been...

    St. Paul Pioneer Press, 05/06/2017
  • Gov. Scott Walker Mum on Wisconsin GOP Lawmakers’ Roads Plan, Cautious on Flat tax

    Gov. Scott Walker signaled skepticism Wednesday of any quick approval of a proposed flat income tax even as he repeatedly held off on commenting on most parts of a larger tax and...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 05/03/2017
  • Assembly Republicans May Propose New Sales Tax On Gas

    An Assembly Republican alternative to Gov. Scott Walker’s funding plan for roads may include a new sales tax on gasoline along with cuts to income taxes as part of an overreaching tax...

    Associated Press, 05/02/2017
  • Scott Walker Backs Using More General Fund Taxes for Transportation

    Gov. Scott Walker said Monday he has no interest in raising the gas tax or vehicle registration fees in the budget, but he supports using general fund taxes to help pay for...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/25/2017
  • Gov. Scott Walker Open to Raising Vehicle Registration Fees

    Gov. Scott Walker remains opposed to raising the gas tax, but he’s not shutting the door on higher vehicle registration fees. Walker tells WKOW-TV in an interview Thursday that “there might be...

    WITI-TV, 04/21/2017
  • Wisconsin Frees Up $100 Million for Highway Projects

    The State of Wisconsin is freeing up $100 million for additional highway projects. The decision comes as the Wisconsin Department of Transportation is projecting $38 million in additional revenue. “Today, I am...

    WBAY-TV, 04/13/2017
  • Unusual Budget Maneuver Sets Up Showdown on Conservative Policies, Transportation

    Last week, the leaders of the Legislature’s powerful budget committee tossed out dozens of Gov. Scott Walker’s proposals — including his entire transportation budget — though some could be coming back as...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/09/2017
  • Budget Committee Removes 83 Scott Walker Budget Proposals

    In another sign of trouble for Gov. Scott Walker’s plan to borrow more and delay road construction projects, the Legislature’s Republican-controlled budget committee announced Thursday it would start its negotiations from scratch...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 04/07/2017
  • Wisconsin Lawmakers Buck Gov. Scott Walker, Drop His Transportation Plan From Budget

    In a move not seen in at least 24 years, top lawmakers yanked dozens of provisions from Gov. Scott Walker’s budget bill, including the entire transportation plan put forward by their fellow...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/06/2017
  • Assembly Speaker Robin Vos Keeps Brakes on Milwaukee I-94 Project

    The leader of the state Assembly kept the brakes on rebuilding a section of I-94 in Milwaukee on Wednesday, a day after a coalition of prominent business officials asked lawmakers to make...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 04/05/2017
  • Assembly Speaker Slams Scott Walker for Changing Position on Gas tax

    Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on Thursday slammed Gov. Scott Walker for changing his position on a possible gas tax increase in the state budget and called the transportation secretary’s position on the...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/31/2017
  • Lawmakers Take Aim At Walker Transportation Budget

    Some of the sharpest criticism of the governor’s plan came from Joint Finance Committee co-chair John Nygren, a Republican from Marinette, who focused on a recent audit and a DOT report that...

    WPR, 03/30/2017
  • New DOT Secretary: State Must Spend Less on Roads, Build Fewer Projects

    The vexing challenge of how to pay for Wisconsin’s roads and bridges has a simple solution: Build less and prioritize more, new state Department of Transportation Secretary Dave Ross told lawmakers Thursday....

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/17/2017
  • Scott Walker: State Can Match or Exceed $100,000 to Lure Military Planes at Truax

    Gov. Scott Walker said Wednesday the state can match or exceed $100,000 in state taxpayer subsidies to house 18 F-35 fighter jets at Truax Field, but he emphasized that money won’t be...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 03/02/2017
  • Audit Blasts Gov. Walker’s Department of Transportation Amid Debate Over Transpo Funding Shortfall

    Officials from the state Department of Transportation faced questions from lawmakers on Tuesday in light of a critical audit that found the agency significantly underestimated the costs of ongoing and completed major...

    Capital Times, 02/21/2017
  • Gov. Walker Says His Budget Covers Transportation Funding, No Need for Gas Tax Hike

    Despite concerns from some legislators, Gov. Scott Walker said his proposed budget will cover the state’s transportation priorities without the need to raise taxes or implement a gas tax increase.

    Appleton Post-Crescent, 02/09/2017
  • Gov. Walker Opposing Gas Tax Increase for Road Funding

    Gov. Scott Walker reiterated his opposition to raising the gas tax to pay for roads on Thursday in the face of Republican legislative leaders who were looking for alternatives to key parts...

    Associated Press, 02/09/2017
  • Milwaukee Business Leaders Oppose Gov. Walker Dropping I-94 East-West Project

    A coalition of Milwaukee business leaders already is gearing up to challenge Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker’s decision to drop his earlier plan to fund rebuilding a stretch of Interstate 94 near Miller...

    Milwaukee Business Journal, 02/08/2017
  • Walker: Bad Estimate for Road Costs No Reason to Raise Taxes

    Gov. Scott Walker says he remains opposed to increasing the gas tax despite an audit last week that showed major highway projects in Wisconsin have cost more than initially estimated over the...

    WTMJ-TV, 02/02/2017
  • Robin Vos: Increasing Gas Taxes Unlikely

    Wisconsin Assembly Speaker Robin Vos conceded Wednesday that gas taxes “probably” aren’t going to be increased to pay for road improvements, given Gov. Scott Walker’s opposition to that approach… The biggest budget...

    Wisconsin State Journal, 01/19/2017
  • Poll Finds Most Voters Against Borrowing for Roads

    A new poll finds most Wisconsin voters are against the approach Gov. Scott Walker wants to take to deal with a nearly $1 billion budget shortfall for road projects. The Marquette University...

    WSAW-TV, 08/10/2016
  • Walker Asks Feds for Flooding Disaster Declaration

    Gov. Scott Walker has asked President Barack Obama’s administration for a federal disaster declaration for nine northern Wisconsin counties and the Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa tribal nation in the...

    WEAU-TV, 08/03/2016
  • Walker Wants to Green-light I-94 Project

    As Gov. Scott Walker talks about cutting Milwaukee highway megaprojects to avoid gas tax hikes, he’s telling federal officials that he’ll greenlight another nearly $1 billion job in southeastern Wisconsin…in a May...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/31/2016
  • Republicans in Wisconsin Butting Heads Over Gas Tax

    A Republican lawmaker in Wisconsin is proposing the state raise its gasoline tax or levy tolls on state highways to avoid a $940 million transportation revenue gap over the next two years,...

    The Bond Buyer, 07/28/2016
  • Lawmakers OK Additional Highway Borrowing

    Lawmakers gave Walker’s administration the ability to ask for an extra $350 million in borrowing — $200 million this fiscal year and $150 million for the fiscal year that begins July 1....

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 11/04/2015
  • Highway Funds: Too Much or Too Little?

    While Gov. Scott Walker wanted to bond $1.3 billion to keep transportation projects on track, Republicans balked at that level of borrowing and reduced the amount to around $850 million, with the...

    Sheboygan Press, 10/31/2015
  • Scott Walker Asks Senate Republicans for More Road Borrowing

    Gov. Scott Walker on Tuesday urged Senate Republicans to approve additional borrowing to help put back on track at least some of the five major highway projects that are facing delays. Walker’s...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 10/06/2015
  • Scott Walker’s Record on Infrastructure

    Gov. Scott Walker is all for transportation infrastructure as long as he doesn’t have to be responsible for finding a way to responsibly pay for it.

    One Wisconsin Now, 06/09/2015
  • Walker Relies on $1.3 Billion in Borrowing to Fund State Transportation Projects

    Gov. Scott Walker isn’t backing an increase in the gas tax and instead wants to rely on $1.3 billion in borrowing to fund transportation projects over the next two years. Under the...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 01/30/2015
  • Politics Top Concern Among Walker and Team in Response to O’Donnell Tragedy.

    An email from Walker’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Timothy Russell, sent shortly after the tragedy reads: “Where is SKW (Scott Walker)? This is going to be a problem, whether we did (or...

    WITI-TV, 02/19/2014
  • Walker Personally Oversaw Response to O’Donnell Park Tragedy, He and His Team Put Political Concerns First

    Gov. Scott Walker worked simultaneously with his campaign staff and county aides in coordinating responses to media inquiries, open records requests and news stories about the 2010 O’Donnell Park tragedy, according to...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013
  • Walker Aide Indicted on Charges of Stealing From Fallen Soldiers Group Proposed Alternate Theory of O’Donnell Accident

    On the day of the O’Donnell accident, a county aide to Walker raises the issue of whether a car striking the concrete panel might have jarred it loose. “Perhaps grasping at straws...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013
  • Walker Sought to Justify Involvement of Campaign Aides in County Response to O’Donnell Park Incident by Blaming Political Opponents

    Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that his top campaign staffers began advising and directing his Milwaukee County aides on their response to the 2010 O’Donnell Park tragedy because Walker’s political foes were...

    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013
  • Walker Cut $9.6 Million in Aid for Mass Transit

    Walker signed into law $9.6 million in cuts to mass transit operating expenses for the biennium. The cuts have the biggest impact on the Milwaukee and Madison transit systems ($5,576,500 and $1,465,200...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Raided Money From Other Projects for Reconstruction of Bridge in Milwaukee

    In the budget, Walker signed into law a provision that allows the Department of Transportation to take money from other major projects funded through major highway development, state highway rehabilitation, and southeast...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Walker Slashed General Transportation Aids to Local Governments for Road Maintenance

    Walker signed into law $27.5 million in cuts to transportation aid to local governments for maintenance of local roads. (2011-13 Executive Budget Comparative Summary, Department of Transportation, page 666; 2011 Assembly Bill...

    2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011
  • Deregulates Telecom Industry

    Walker signed into law a bill that eliminates many regulations on telecommunications utilities and alternative telecommunications utilities. It also lowers the rates that telephone companies charge for use of each other’s lines...

    2011 WI Act 95, 05/24/2011