D.O.T. weighs in on Evers’ budget proposal

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Wausau, Wisc. (WAOW) — Craig Thompson, the Secretary-Designee for the Department of Transportation, rode through Wausau on Thursday to talk about Governor Evers’ new budget.

In response to the bumpy section of Grand Avenue, Thompson said, “Oh, we’ve heard of that stretch quite a bit.” With the new budget, Thompson said, we can begin working on it in the next four years. “Most of the money will go to a lot of state highways… like Grand Avenue,” said Thompson.

Thompson said the “general transportation” funding in Marathon County would also increase by 10 percent.

But all that money has to come from somewhere. The governors new budget proposal calls for borrowing $2 billion over the next two years.

That’s in addition to an $.08 increase in the gas tax. Thompson said he hopes that increase will make it possible for counties like Marathon and Portage to do away with their wheel tax.

Before any of this happens, the proposal needs to be passed by both the state building commission and the Legislature’s budget-writing committee.

Tom Lally

Tom Lally

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