MADISON - The Republican chairman of the Legislature's budget committee says the proposed Wisconsin Department of Transportation budget for the next two years is essential a divestment in roads.
Rep. John Nygren's comments came Tuesday during testimony from DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb at an Assembly committee hearing. Nygren is joining with other lawmakers in questioning whether the budget put forward relying on half a billion dollars in borrowing and delaying projects is the most responsible plan.
Gottlieb says the budget that doesn't raise gas taxes or fees was put together under the guidelines from Gov. Scott Walker. Gottlieb says that based on planned spending levels the condition of roads across the state will continue to deteriorate over the next decade.
MADISON - University of Wisconsin System officials are poised to raise out-of-state and graduate tuition again to help offset the impact of Gov. Scott Walker's resident undergraduate tuition freeze.
The Board of Regents is scheduled to vote on a plan Thursday that would raise out-of-state and graduate tuition by hundreds of dollars at six four-year campuses and all the system's two-year schools.
The largest increase would come at UW-Madison, which has proposed raising nonresident undergraduate tuition by $2,000 in each of the next two years and raising tuition for some graduate programs by as much as $5,000 annually.
The regents in 2015 approved raising nonresident and graduate tuition at eight four-year campuses and this past spring signed off on raising nonresident and graduate tuition at five schools.
CANNON BALL, NORTH DAKOTA - The Latest on the Dakota Access pipeline protest (all times local):
The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers says it won't grant an easement for the Dakota Access oil pipeline in southern North Dakota.
Corps spokeswoman Moria Kelley said in a news release Sunday that the administration will not allow the four-state, $3.8 billion pipeline to be built under Lake Oahe, a Missouri River reservoir where construction had been on hold.
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