Wisconsin Gubernatorial candidates talk transportation

LA CROSSE, Wis. (WXOW) – It’s 43 days until the November election and candidates for Wisconsin governor stopped in La Crosse Monday to speak at the Wisconsin Counties Association annual meeting.

At the meeting, they spoke about priorities if elected.

Walker announced in the next state budget he will propose aid to counties for the General Transportation Aids be at 30 percent. This would be the single largest increase in funding and the highest level ever for the program.

Governor Walker said the announcement came after listening to county leaders, but Democratic candidate Tony Evers thinks otherwise. Evers said Walker had eight years to fix the problem and didn’t.

He points to a recent report showing 1,200 bridges are structurally deficient in the state and said 20 counties and cities, like the city of La Crosse is contemplating, created or raised a wheel tax to help.

“We are going to do this,” Evers told the crowd. “We are going to make it bipartisan and we’re going to make it fair, especially fair for the counties and municipalities in the state.”

“Tony Evers has said he’s going to announce his transportation plan after the election,” Walker said. “I think that should be a warning to every taxpayer. Any politician who tells you they’re going to tell you how much they’ll raise your taxes after the election is going to raise them by a lot.”

Walker says to get that funding will just be a matter of priorities. The state also doesn’t plan to do any major projects on the Milwaukee freeway system, clearing up additional dollars.

Jeremy Culver

Jeremy Culver

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