And members of Walker's own party continue to call out Scotty's ridiculous stance on how to pay for Wisconsin's crumbling roads. The latest comes from vulnerable GOP State Rep. Ed Brooks of Reedsburg, who sent our a release titled "Fix our Roads!".
“I respectfully disagree with the Governor’s refusal to consider all options when it comes to transportation funding,” said Rep. Brooks. “Maintaining our roads and bridges is a key responsibility of government, and something that we owe to our constituents.”Yeah, I don't think that "no tax" pose Scotty was trying to strike this week is flying with people outside of the Bubble.
Brooks went on to explain that results of his latest constituent survey indicated that the people of the 50th district were willing to consider a variety of options when it came to funding transportation.
34% favored an increase in the gas tax, 13% favored a mileage based user fee, 12% favored increasing the vehicle registration fee, and 26% chose to write in an option – most of whom favored toll roads or a combination of the above answers. Only 6% favored increasing borrowing [which Walker had indicated he was planning to do in his next budget] – less than the 9% that chose to not answer the question.
“I’ve talked to hundreds of my neighbors in the 50th district about this issue,” continued Brooks. “Earlier this week, I was in Loganville at the DOT’s meeting on the Hwy 154 project. None of the people who attended that meeting want to see repairs to 154 pushed off until 2020 or beyond. The state cannot kick the can down the road any longer.”