- After December's lame duck session, Wisconsin wondered if the Republican-controlled legislature and Democratic Governor could agree on anything moving forward.
Thursday, Assembly Republicans delivered a letter to Governor Tony Evers saying they want to work together on issues, including cutting income taxes, increasing funding for public schools and reducing borrowing to pay for roads.
Evers visited North Central Wisconsin for the first time since he was inaugurated to talk about his plan for road funding.
Governor Evers and Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes as well as Craig Thompson, who is Evers' pick for transportation secretary, visited the Wausau DMV Thursday afternoon.
Evers said Wisconsin's road crisis is one of his priorities.
"As Lieutenant Barnes and I went across the state during the campaign, it was clear that was a top priority of the people of Wisconsin and also it was a priority subsequent to that election [when] we had listening sessions across the state," said Gov. Evers.
Two of Wisconsin's major industries, agriculture and tourism, rely on good transportation to do business. Thompson says we need to get our roads in line with that need.
"We're the second most transportation dependent economy in the country. Indiana is the first. We have a mismatch between the quality of our transportation network and what the state with the second most transportation dependent economy needs," said Thompson.
Written By: Rose McBride