2023-07-06 From WTA (Wisconsin Towns Association): Yesterday, Governor Evers signed the 2023-25 state budget, including issuance of 51 vetoes. The vetoes included a series of unexpected surprises for many, including WTA. Specifically, the Governor, who has indicated repeatedly that he wants to “fix the damn roads,” cut per road mile general transportation aids by over $10 million compared to what was passed by the legislature. This decision is especially puzzling given his own budget proposed a $20 million increase. The veto shifts money from small communities, including over 90% of towns, to bigger communities, with most of the funding going to large metro areas. Due to this veto, almost all towns will receive no additional funding to plow roads, salt icy highways, and patch potholes. WTA is currently assessing the situation and any potential next moves.
More details are on the govenor's website: https://content.govdelivery.com/accounts/WIGOV/bulletins/3639e56
Residents can voice their opinion through the Govenor's website https://appengine.egov.com/apps/wi/governor/voice-an-opinion