No Deal on Roads, Some Senators Propose Portion of a Plan

Some Republicans Propose Tapping $133 Million in Budget Reserves

MADISON, Wis. (AP) – With no deal on how to fund Wisconsin’s transportation needs in sight, some Republican senators are proposing tapping $133 million in budget reserves to pay for repairs to county and town roads.

But the senators who announced the plan Wednesday say they have no agreement with Assembly Republicans on the deal. That means it may not win approval by the budget-writing Joint Finance Committee when it meets Thursday to vote on road funding.

Committee member Sen. Tom Tiffany says he was “hopeful” the idea presented Wednesday will be a part of what the GOP-controlled panel adopts.

Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald was not at the news conference. He said last week Senate Republicans would not raise the gas tax to pay for roads as Gov. Tony Evers wanted.

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