6th District US Rep. Tom Petri was among three congressional Republicans offering Scott Walker cover the other day with a proposed bill to allow Walker to return rejected federal high-speed rail money for deficit reduction.
The implication: Petri is one of those deficit-and-spending-hawks.
But log on to Petri's home page and you find that he just loved the current federal transportation bill because:
"As a senior Member of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, ensuring adequate and sound investment in our transportation systems is a major priority for Rep. Petri. On a national level, he has been committed to enacting policies that address federal needs such as ensuring efficient movement of freight in interstate commerce and modernizing our antiquated air traffic control system to reduce delays at airports and in the skies. On a local level, he has successfully worked over many years to lift Wisconsin out of a donor state status in terms of federal highway aid by ensuring that Wisconsin receives back its fair share of federal transportation funds."
And did he bring home the bacon:
"SAFETEA-LU [the recent federal bill] was a major win for Wisconsin. The State will receive a 30 percent increase in highway funds over the previous authorization period. Wisconsin will receive an average of $712 million per year in federal highway funds, compared to $546 million on average previously. In addition, the State's rate of return (federal highway dollars received compared to federal gas taxes sent to Washington) remains positive and is expected to average 1.06 over the life of the bill.
Other highlights of SAFETEA-LU include:
Statewide Highway Funding:
Highway Projects in 6th District:
U.S. Highway 41 - $30 million above formula
Posted by James Rowen at 2:37 PM