Walker proposes increases in funding for town roads

Posted at 12:03 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-15 13:05:00-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Scott Walker is proposing to increase state funding for town roads, a pledge that comes amid re-election attacks from Democrats that he hasn't done enough to fix Wisconsin's roads.

Walker announced his intentions Monday at the Wisconsin Towns Association convention in Stevens Point.

It comes after Walker last month called for raising county road funding by 50 percent, a $57 million increase.

Walker did not release details of his new town roads funding plan. But the Legislative Fiscal Bureau says it appears his proposal would increase state support for town roads by about $53 million, from $140 million to about $193 million.

That is a nearly 42 percent increase.

The funding proposals for town and county roads would be included in Walker's next two-year budget submitted early next year if he wins re-election.

Walker faces Democrat Tony Evers in the Nov. 6 election.