By Paul Schmitt
More than 40 percent of State and U.S. highways will be deemed in poor condition within the next ten years if Wisconsin does not find the funding or answers soon. According to the Milwaukee-Journal Sentinal, state Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb told lawmakers that the state highways that are in poor condition will double by 2027 with debt payments continuing to grow. Governor Scott Walker has vowed not to increase the gas tax or license fees, but 1st District Representative Joel Kitchens says borrowing the money cannot be the only solution.
Kitchens says although some cost-cutting measures are possible for the state after an upcoming audit, new revenue sources are needed to ensure the safe maintenance of Wisconsin’s highways and interstates.