WI Funding Fight Heats Up as DOT Secretary Gottlieb Draws Fire from Lawmakers

Wisconsin Public Radio reports, “Wisconsin’s Department of Transportation Secretary told state lawmakers at a Tuesday [December 6] hearing that Gov. Scott Walker’s budget would worsen the state’s road funding challenges over the long term, even as he defended Walker’s budget as responsible and balanced. Lawmakers from both parties peppered . . . Gottlieb with questions about the budget, seizing on statements Gottlieb had made in previous years about the need to spend more on transportation to avoid dire consequences. The DOT’s budget for the next two years includes no new taxes or fees and relies on a mixture of borrowing and project delays to solve a roughly $1 billion shortfall.”

Wisconsin State Journal reports that the dispute among Republican lawmakers over how to increase transportation funding was in full view at the hearing.