Zepnick calls transportation funds crucial to Wisconsin

State Rep. Josh Zepnick (D-Milwaukee) recently cautioned the Assembly Republicans that there will be economic disaster in Wisconsin if the Zoo Interchange continues to be delayed.

“Last month I released a bill that allows cities or counties to tax gasoline at the pump with Wisconsin’s sales tax, and all revenue be placed in a local infrastructure fund,” Zepnick said. “Today, I welcome Republican legislators in the State Assembly to foster a fair solution and support adding revenue to fund our road projects.

“However, further delay of the Zoo Interchange is not the answer to our transportation problems,” Zepnick said.

Zepnick argued a thriving Milwaukee benefits the entire state, and delaying this road project would jeopardize the safety of Wisconsinites and the strength of the state's economy.

“My plan gives Wisconsin communities the ability to maintain our roads, bridges, transit and local infrastructure,” Zepnick said. “Wisconsin communities need more flexibility in transit and fixing their roads. Republicans in Madison want to create a shell game that cuts local road aids in favor of large and unnecessary spending projects. This is a wrong-headed move.

“No matter where you live or travel, Wisconsin’s transportation credit card is maxed out,” Zepnick said. “Borrowing more will increase the taxpayer’s burden for future generations. Given historically low gas prices and fluctuations of 25 cents on any given week; it is insulting to the public to not develop a fair and responsible balance between revenue increases and borrowing.”

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