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Gov. Evers meets with street workers in Wausau Submitted: 08/12/2019
WAUSAU - Gov. Tony Evers came to Wausau Monday to meet with city officials and street workers.

He expressed his concern for the work that needs to be done, and the best ways to fund these projects.

Wausau Public Works Director Eric Lindman is in charge of maintaining more than 500 miles of streets in the city.

"I think it's really great that the governor did come up today. It gave us some one-on-one time with him to present what some of our challenges are," said Lindman.


One of these challenges is finding the best way to fund all the road work.

State legislators recently enacted a hike on vehicle registration fees.

Evers says he doesn't think that method is sustainable.

Instead, he proposed a raise in the state's gas taxes.

"The bottom line is this increase in funding primarily came through some really significant increases in fees, and we just can't be doubling the fees every couple of years," said Evers.

Mayor Robert Mielke said paying for roads is a big part of his city's budget.

This year, Wausau has put more than 300 tons of new blacktop down.



Story By: Peter Dubois

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