Wausau protesters demonstrate Trump’s proposed cuts to Amtrak

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When it comes to traveling, many choose to drive or fly to destinations. But for some, Amtrak is a great way to go. However, cuts in President Trump’s proposed budget would slash hundreds of millions in subsidies for the long-distance service, including closing Wisconsin’s Empire Builder route. > WSAW Wausau

How the state budget debate boils down right now

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Wisconsin isn’t getting its state budget done on time. That’s largely because Gov. Walker and the state Senate disagree with the Assembly on how to pay for transportation needs. Or more precisely, they differ on whether to pay for what they spend now, versus pushing more of that cost into the future. > Wisconsin State Journal

Trump budget would knock Wisconsin Amtrak route off the rails

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Amtrak’s Empire Builder route passes through Tomah twice a day, bringing Amish families together and connecting people from small towns to Milwaukee, Minneapolis and beyond. It’s the same for Columbus, Portage, Wisconsin Dells and La Crosse. But under Trump’s proposed budget, the route races an uncertain future. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Lawmakers will miss budget deadline as divide remains on transportation, taxes

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GOP lawmakers and Gov. Walker can still make a respectable showing compared to the budgets passed by previous Legislatures and governors. But with no deal yet on transportation and taxes, it’s too late to pass a bill and get Walker to sign it before the state’s current budget runs out on June 30. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Senate Republicans propose more borrowing for roads, Assembly Republicans push back

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A spokeswoman announced Wednesday that Sen. Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald supports borrowing $850 million for roads in the next budget, or $350 million more than Gov. Walker has proposed. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos told reporters that’s a non-starter without a long-term tax or fee to help pay off debt. > Wisconsin Public Radio

Progress on education funding, but transportation still an issue in budget negotiations

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An agreement on education funding may be in sight, but Wisconsin lawmakers still have a long road ahead before agreeing on the transportation budget. “I’m not thinking education will be that large of a stumbling block,” John Nygren told reporters last week. “I do think transportation will be a stumbling block.” > The Cap Times

Heavy truck fees emerge as tolling alternative for Wisconsin road funding

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To break a budget stalemate, avoid toll roads and raise more than $250 million for highways over the next two years, a key Republican lawmaker has suggested Wisconsin could join four other states in placing a per-mile fee on the kinds of heavy trucks that do more damage to roads. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel