September 3, 2014

Budget will include $6.4 billion for transportation

Wisconsin would spend $6.4 billion on transportation over the next two years, under the state budget Governor Scott Walker plans to present to lawmakers next Wednesday.

The governor unveiled the plan Friday, which includes $824 million in new state funding. Walker says it will prioritize existing revenue streams, end previous raids on the fund, and make sensible reforms to help develop and maintain the state’s infrastructure.

The governor did not say where the new funding would come from, although Walker has said in the past he opposes hiking the gas tax and fees paid by vehicle owners.

Projects targeted under the budget plan include the Milwaukee Zoo Interchange and the Hoan Bridge, along with a freight railroad preservation program, recruiting new state patrol officers, and increased funding for routine maintenance.