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Southeaster Wisconsin

Foxconn, Wisconsin Strike a New Deal

A new chapter in the cautionary tale.

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Wisconsin Economic Development

Wisconsin Canceling its Checks to Foxconn

The Republican Party once touted a deal to bring Foxconn to Wisconsin as evidence of their commitment to bringing manufacturing jobs back to the U.S., but the deal has soured, potentially beyond rescue.

October 14, 2020 - Ars Technica

I-94 North-South Project

New Governor, Same Billion Dollar Freeway Expansion Plan

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers is picking up a plan previously championed and abandoned by former Gov. Scott Walker: The North-South expansion of I-94 west of Milwaukee.

July 13, 2020 - Wisconsin Public Radio

Wisconsin State Capital

Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers Proposes Gas Tax Hike

The eight-cents-per-gallon gas tax increase is one of several measures in the Democrat governor's first budget that marks a major departure from the the tenure of former Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

March 8, 2019 - Wisconsin Public Radio

Madison, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Republicans Unite to Support Road Tolling Over Gas Tax Hike

Assembly and Senate Republicans agree that the best way to fill the transportation funding gap is to add tolls to existing highways and bridges, yet they won't add toll infrastructure funding to the budget. A gas tax could be implemented immediately.

February 11, 2019 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel


Wisconsin Law Could Delay Major Highway Projects

A plan to save money on highway megaprojects is likely to backfire, experts warn.

January 5, 2019 - Urban Milwaukee

Governor of Minnesota

Minnesota Gubernatorial Candidate Campaigned on Increasing the Gas Tax and Wins

Democratic candidate Tim Walz was not shy about his intention to hike the gas tax to pay for improvements for roads and public transit, and he was predictably slammed by his Republican opponent. Similar scenarios played out in Wisconsin and Michigan.

November 23, 2018 - Pioneer Press

Gas Pump

Gas Tax Politics at Play in Wisconsin Gubernatorial Race

Incumbent Republican Gov. Scott Walker charges that his Democratic opponent, State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tony Evers, will hike gas taxes by as much as a dollar a gallon to fund road repair, on top of raising income and property taxes.

October 15, 2018 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Governor of Wisconsin

Another EPA Rollback, Tailor-Made for Gov. Walker and Southeast Wisconsin

Politics and economics win over public health in Racine County as the EPA exempted the area around the Foxconn's massive facility from meeting stricter ozone pollution standards, saving the company from investing in smog-reducing equipment.

May 5, 2018 - Chicago Tribune

Gas Pump

The Vital Role of Gas Tax Indexing

Without an automatic adjustment for gas taxes, revenue from the tax declines due to increasing fuel efficiency standards while road maintenance and construction costs increase due to inflation. Witness Wisconsin's woes.

July 18, 2017 - WUWM (Milwaukee Public Radio)

Goods Movement

New Wisconsin Road Funding Option: Let Truckers Pay

A mileage fee applicable only to heavy trucks is floated as a third option to close the road funding gap in Wisconsin. The other two options are hiking gas taxes, which is opposed by Gov. Scott Walker, or adding road tolls.

June 15, 2017 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

Cancun gas station

Gas Taxes Advance in New Mexico and Wisconsin in May

The Democratic-controlled New Mexico legislature passed a 5-cents per gallon fuel tax increase and the Republican-controlled Assembly in Wisconsin backed a plan to apply sales tax to fuel, but their Republican governors oppose any tax hikes.

May 29, 2017 - Wisconsin State Journal


Trump Budget's Devastating Effect on the EPA and Two of America's Greatest Water Resources

President Trump's budget for 2018 has the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency take the steepest hit—31 percent. Funding for two vital programs, the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and Chesapeake Bay Program, will have their funds eliminated.

March 20, 2017 - E&E News [Subscription]


Civil Right Groups, Environmentalists Team Up to Block Milwaukee Highway Expansion

An already troubled proposal to widen the I-94 Freeway in Milwaukee has now encountered a legal setback.

March 8, 2017 - Milwaukee-Wisconsin Journal Sentinel


Wisconsin's Department of Natural Resources Is Purging Climate Change

The state of Wisconsin, following in the footsteps of Florida, is pretending that the climate change doesn't exist.

December 31, 2016 - Urban Milwaukee

Wisconsin Considering Local 'Pothole Tax'

Though the governor's office remains staunchly opposed to new taxes, the Wisconsin State Legislature is searching for politically viable ways to fund transportation infrastructure improvements at the local level.

January 12, 2016 - Urban Milwaukee

The Implications of Southeast Wisconsin's $7 Billion in Freeway Projects

Some people call it a road-building program. Others call it "an all out war on urbanism."

July 22, 2015 - Politico

Madison Bike

Does Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker Have a Bicycle Vendetta?

Walker wants to do away with Wisconsin's 2009 "complete streets" law and add a $25 retail tax to anyone purchasing a bike. Could this be because his re-election opponent was a former Trek Bicycle executive, or is he just anti-bike?

May 23, 2015 - The Cap Times

The NBA's Future in Milwaukee Depends on Stadium Financing

A local alderman makes the case for a one percent sales tax dedicated to providing public funding for a new stadium to house the Milwaukee Bucks.

April 16, 2015 - Urban Milwaukee

Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker Drops Gas Tax Hike in Favor of Bond Financing

Walker had supported increasing the gas tax and user fees last November, but now that he's being taken as a serious contender for the Republican nomination for president, he's changed his transportation funding preference to increased bonding.

February 3, 2015 - Milwaukee Journal Sentinel

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