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Government, Safety, TCA

Revised Weight Limits for Bridges Add Time, Money in Wisconsin

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When Kevin Nelson hauls corn from his farm south of Osseo, Minn., to grain bins in Winona, Minn., lately he has added extra travel time and is paying more at the pump.

Julian Emerson | Leader-Telegram, Eau Claire, Wis.
June 1, 2018
Government, Business

Wisconsin’s Expanded Frozen Road Law Eases Weight Limit for Timber Haulers

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The Wisconsin Department of Transportation has expanded its “frozen road” law that allows trucks moving forest products, salt and sand to carry heavier loads.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
January 18, 2018
Government, Business

Wisconsin DOT Announces Inspector General Position

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation announced the creation of a new Inspector General position within the agency Sept. 25.

Eleanor Lamb | Staff Reporter
September 27, 2017
Government

Wisconsin Road Funding Remains Controversial With State Legislators

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The divisiveness among same-party legislators over how to fund Wisconsin’s failing roads makes transportation a candidate for the most controversial issue in the budget this year, a representative of a statewide transportation alliance said.

Elizabeth Dohms | Leader-Telegram (Eau Claire, Wis.)
May 23, 2017
Government

Wisconsin Gov. Walker Rejects Budget Committee Leaders' Idea for Separate Transportation Bill

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Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald on May 11 rejected an idea put forward by the Republican leaders of the Legislature’s budget committee to take up transportation funding in a separate bill outside the normal budget process.

Matthew DeFour | The Wisconsin State Journal
May 12, 2017
TCA

Wisconsin Governor Backs Using General Fund Taxes for Roads

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Gov. Scott Walker said April 24 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 roads.

Matthew DeFour | The Wisconsin State Journal
April 24, 2017
TCA

Lower Costs for Wisconsin Road Projects Frees Up $100 Million for State’s Next DOT Budget

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Lower-than-expected costs for road projects and a revenue bump will free up more than $100 million for the next Department of Transportation budget, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker announced April 13.

Mark Sommerhauser | The Wisconsin State Journal
April 14, 2017
Government

Wisconsin Lawmakers Buck Gov. Scott Walker, Drop His Transportation Plan From Budget

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

Jason Stein and Patrick Marley | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
April 7, 2017
TCA

New Wisconsin DOT Secretary Says State Must Spend Less on Roads, Build Fewer Projects

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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 March 16.

Mark Sommerhauser | The Wisconsin State Journal
March 17, 2017
TCA

New Wisconsin Transport Secretary: Audit Signals We Must 'Change the Culture,' Be Transparent

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Wisconsin’s new transportation secretary vowed Feb. 21 to “change the culture” at the Department of Transportation after an audit found it underestimated highway project costs by more than $3 billion, in part by failing to account for inflation.

Mark Sommerhauser | The Wisconsin State Journal
February 22, 2017

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