Transportation and Infrastructure
The state of Wisconsin continues to lack adequate funding for transportation and infrastructure projects. The last state budget, passed in September of 2017, was 11 weeks late after disagreement on how to fund the $1 billion deficit in the state's transportation fund. Our roads are ranked the second worst in the nation, it is time we made improving our infrastructure a priority.
- Fix our local and county roads. Deteriorated roads cost taxpayers hundreds of dollars a year in car repairs. We need to ensure safe roadways for residents and businesses in our state.
- Support rail investments. I support using federal funds for a Milwaukee-to-Madison high-speed rail line. Investing in high-speed rail is smart, economical, and brings the people of our state and region closer together.
- Index the state gas tax to raise infrastructure revenue. By indexing the state gas tax based on the consumer price index (CPI) we will be able to responsibly fund transportation projects.
- Restore prevailing wage for state infrastructure projects. For every dollar spent with an out of state contractor, two dollars are lost in economic activity. It is also harder to enforce quality standards for infrastructure projects. Restoring prevailing wage would lift workers and keep state money in Wisconsin.
- Leverage all federal infrastructure money. My administration will comply with the federal government to increase the vital federal dollars available for infrastructure projects.