JANESVILLE - Gov.
Scott Walker is looking for new ways to fund a state
transportation budget that is projected to fall short by as much
as $700 million by 2017.
Walker was in
Rock County on Tuesday for a Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.
board meeting, the Janesville Gazette reported (http://bit.ly/1tCjSIo
governor said a project to widen Interstate 90 from the Illinois
border to Madison is still a priority despite the projected
infrastructure standpoint, particularly so," Walker said.
"When we think about manufacturing_particularly in this
corridor but all across the state_a good piece of that is
proximity to things like an Interstate system and proximity to a
system that's wide enough to handle the capacity needs."
But Department of
Transportation Secretary Matt Gottlieb said it is possible the
$950 million project could be delayed if funding isn't found soon.
Walker called the
current method raising money by taxing every gallon of gas is
unsustainable because cars are becoming more fuel efficient, so
revenue from the tax would drop. He said his administration is
looking at tax reforms to fund the department going forward, but
gave no details.