By Brady Haupt
While politicians debate on and deconstruct Governor Scott Walker’s Biennial budget plan, one thing remains clear; the state’s roads are getting worse. A report from a Legislative Audit Bureau audit released in January shows that only 41 percent of the Wisconsin’s highways were in good condition in 2015, down from 53.5 percent in 2010. Governor Walker’s proposed budget allocates $6.1 billion to be spent on transportation; however, the state would need to borrow $500 million dollars to get there. Sam Caravana of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel writes that instead of borrowing the money from a federal source “legislature needs to get creative in its funding and to consider increasing the fees of those who use the roads.” Caravana suggests increasing vehicle registration and driver’s license fees by $1 dollar, raising the gas tax and possibly converting the state’s 875 miles of interstate into toll ways, although that would take federal approval. To meet the state’s budgetary cycle, the budget should be signed and effective July 1, 2017.