Saturday, February 14, 2015

Candidate in special election wants some WisDOT work canceled

The controversial widening of State Highway 164 north of I-94 through Waukesha and Washington Counties produced some refreshingly novel discussion during a recent campaign debate by three Republicans competing to replace the former incumbent State Senator Glenn Grothman:
For instance, all three [candidates] were asked how they would approach funding highway projects — a large issue Walker is handling through a proposed $1.3 billion in bonding
[Army veteran Tiffany] Koehler said... Instead of spending $60 million to fix Highway 164 in Washington County, for instance, the state should be “dropping the speed limit and putting up a few speed signs." 
She also called for an audit of the Transportation Department and claimed that DOT Secretary Mark Gottleib — a Republican and who used to serve as the representative for the Ozaukee County area — was “not a fiscal conservative.”
“I believe in canceling unnecessary projects like this one and returning money to the local level,” Koehler said.
You could apply Koehler's common sense approach to the big picture road-building problem in Wisconsin  - - record borrowing for too many projects - - but that would be too simple. 

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