We knew this sticking point was coming.
Joint Finance Committee co-chairman Rep. John Nygren, R-Marinette, said Friday, after the committee approved large cuts to the University of Wisconsin System and Department of Natural Resources, that GOP lawmakers have reached an impasse with Walker and amongst themselves on the transportation budget.
“We need to come to an agreement with the governor,” Nygren said. “He’s pretty much taken all of our options off the table and we don’t see the bonding out there as a great option.”
Once again, the entire argument is frustrating as can be. For example:
On Thursday, Walker told reporters he could support an increase in the gas tax or vehicle registration fees if it’s offset by tax cuts elsewhere. But Nygren isn’t holding out much hope for that possibility, and even wouldn’t rule out working with Democrats to override a Walker veto of any possible fee increases.
We have the Republican Governor, who wants to borrow to support the spending, versus the Republican legislative leaders, who want to raise fees to pay for the spending. Really? WHAT ABOUT THE SPENDING! Nobody seems to be at all concerned with the bloated transportation budget in the first place.
And keep in mind, these are the same people who refuse to repeal the prevailing wage law which could reduce the spending by hundreds of millions of dollars in one swoop.
Wisconsin’s Republican “leadership” has jumped the shark.