Lawmaker debate pits I-94 upgrades near Foxconn site against road projects elsewhere

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This week’s legislative debate over how to spend $67 million in federal funds offered a glimpse of how Wisconsin Democrats may critique Republican lawmakers’ records on the 2018 campaign trail. > Wisconsin State Journal

Local group takes aim at Walker by renaming potholes ‘Scott-holes’

One organization is putting a political twist on Wisconsin’s road condition problem, naming potholes after Gov. Scott Walker. “Safe Transportation Over Politics” (STOP) has coined the term “Scott-holes” and is using billboards and websites to raise awareness on how transportation money is spent. > ABC 27 Madison

Is Kelda Roys right when she says debt payments for road work have doubled under Scott Walker?

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Democratic gubernatorial candidate Kelda Roys recently said that Wisconsin is “spending twice as much on debt service for just basic road repair and maintenance” than before Gov. Scott Walker took office. PolitiFact Wisconsin checks the figures.

Top GOP state lawmaker: ‘Roads in Illinois are much better’ than Wisconsin’s I-94 near Foxconn

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Illinois is doing a better job than Wisconsin of maintaining the heavily traveled I-94 that runs through both states, said Sen. Alberta Darling, co-chairwoman of the Legislature’s budget-writing committe. She made the comments Thursday to argue spending millions of federal dollars to improve the freeway. > Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

State gets $86M less than sought to upgrade highway near Foxconn site

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The shortfall in their $160 federal request – to expand U.S. Interstate 94 south of Milwaukee to aid plans for Foxconn locating in the area – raises questions about how the rest of the roadwork will be paid for, and whether money could be siphoned away from other projects to do so. > Wisconsin State Journal

The case for a ‘fix-the-roads’ Republican to mount an anti-Scottholes challenge to Walker

One of Gov. Scott Walker’s more pressing problems is our roads: They’re a mess. And it’s a crisis caused by his neglect in making even minimally adequate investments in highways, public transit, rail lines, harbors and airports. Walker’s failure opens the way for a primary challenge from a sensible Republican. > Cap Times

Why would a Republican governor be as anti-highways as Scott Walker?

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In case you missed it, the Cap Times gave former transportation secretary Mark Gottlieb plenty of space last week to air his complaints that Gov. Scott Walker hasn’t wanted a real transportation plan or a comprehensive, well-thought-out approach to the state’s growing highway needs. Urban Milwaukee lays out the detailed backstory.