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
TCA

Wisconsin Hearing Puts Focus on Sharply Critical State DOT Audit

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A recent audit that found the Wisconsin Department of Transportation underestimated highway projects by more than $3 billion raises questions about the agency's management, and of whether lawmakers must more closely oversee highway projects, state lawmakers said Feb. 21.

Mark Sommerhauser | The Wisconsin State Journal
February 21, 2017
Government

Wisconsin Gov.’s Budget Would Keep Highway Projects on Track

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Ongoing major highway projects outside southeast Wisconsin, including two in Dane County, would avoid delays under Gov. Scott Walker's $6.1 billion proposal for the state's next transportation budget.

Mark Sommerhauser | The Wisconsin State Journal
February 9, 2017
Government

Critical Wisconsin DOT Audit Finds Highway Project Costs Underestimated by $3 Billion

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A new state audit says the Wisconsin Department of Transportation dramatically underestimated the cost of major highway projects by failing to account for inflation, with costs on 16 major projects ballooning by more than $3 billion since lawmakers approved them.

Mark Sommerhauser | The Wisconsin State Journal
January 26, 2017
Government

Wisconsin's Transportation-Funding Problem: Possible Solutions, and How We Got Here

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In recent years, attempts to agree on a long-term funding fix for Wisconsin roads have had as many starts and stops as a morning commute.

Mark Sommerhauser | The Wisconsin State Journal
January 23, 2017
Government

Feds Warn Wisconsin to Hold Off on Plans for Major New Roads

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The federal government is telling Wisconsin officials they should hold off on plans for major new road projects and instead complete stalled construction they intend to delay further.

Patrick Marley | Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
January 17, 2017
Government, Business

Wisconsin DOT Head Mark Gottlieb Resigns, Dave Ross Named to Succeed Him

Wisconsin Gov. Walker (right) and Dave Ross (left).

Three weeks after telling state legislators that Wisconsin’s transportation system would “deteriorate” if an estimated $1 billion funding shortfall wasn’t eased, Wisconsin Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb resigned on Dec. 27.

December 27, 2016
Government

Wisconsin Transportation Secretary on Hot Seat as Republicans Clash on Road Funding

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The share of state highways in poor condition would double during the next decade without an infusion of new revenue, Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb told lawmakers Dec. 6.

Mark Sommerhauser | The Wisconsin State Journal
December 7, 2016

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