Deteriorating state of Wisconsin bridges adds to transportation budget woes

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While the majority of Wisconsin’s bridges are still in perfectly acceptable shape, the average condition of the state’s bridges have declined over the past decade, a trend highway officials and legislators attribute to stagnant funding that’s failing to keep up with aging infrastructure. > Wisconsin State Journal

Some lawmakers hopeful I-94 provision in Foxconn bill could move budget talks forward

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Construction on I-94 in Racine County could resume under a bill outlining the incentives Wisconsin will offer Foxconn as the electronics manufacturing company seeks to build a massive facility in the southeastern corner of the state, with some lawmakers hopeful the momentum will bring a renewed sense of energy to stalled budget negotiations. . > The Cap Times

Wisconsin GOP split on what needs to come first: Foxconn bill or approved budget

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Republican lawmakers are split over how to move forward with a plan to send $3 billion in incentives to electronics manufacturing giant Foxconn, as questions surfaced about how the plan would affect the next state budget that is a month overdue. > Wisconsin State Journal

Bids delayed for Zoo Interchange as Walker tries to speed up other I-94 work

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As Gov. Walker seeks to speed up work on I-94 south of Milwaukee, his administration is putting the brakes on Zoo Interchange work because of a lack of funding. The Republican-controlled Legislature needs to decide whether to borrow $250 million for the north-south portion of I-94 as part of an incentive package to land Foxconn. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

In the midst of Wisconsin’s transportation crisis, Baldwin secures federal infrastructure funding

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In the midst of a budget crisis in Wisconsin, Sen. Tammy Baldwin has secured major federal funding to strengthen the state’s transportation system. As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Baldwin worked across party lines to reverse President Trump’s proposed cuts, with the bill now headed to the full Senate for a vote. > Urban Milwaukee

Proposals to outsource more DOT work will dig deeper budget hole

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From the president of the state’s engineering association: “Multiple audits and independent studies have shown that outsourcing transportation design work has cost state taxpayers $15 to $42 per hour more than using DOT staff — whose compensation in the past decade has declined. And the old advice still applies: If you’re in a hole, stop digging.” > The Cap Times

$8.5M reasons Wisconsin GOP wants to expand school voucher eligibility

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Assembly and Senate Republicans wrangling over the state budget agree on at least one major policy item: More state spending and higher income limits for the state’s school voucher programs. The reason is at least in part because voucher interests (most from out of state) doled out $8.5 million to support mostly Republican candidates from 2010-2016. > Wisconsin Democracy Campaign