Loading
Search
NEWS STORIES

Oneida County becomes 50th county in Wisconsin asking state to 'Just Fix' roadsSubmitted: 09/20/2016
Oneida County becomes 50th county in Wisconsin asking state to 'Just Fix' roads
Story By Ben Meyer

RHINELANDER - On Tuesday, Oneida County became the 50th of Wisconsin's 72 counties asking the state to "Just Fix It."

The "Just Fix It" campaign is a push from the state's Transportation Development Association. It's asking the state government to raise more money to repair and maintain roads.

"This resolution is saying how the state wants to do that is up to them," Oneida County Board Supervisor Robb Jensen said. "But do something. Don't keep doing the same old, same old, because we're going to continue to fall farther and farther behind."


Options for raising more money include increasing the gas tax, raising registration fees, or putting tolls on some roads in Wisconsin.

But that effort could stop short on Gov. Scott Walker's desk.

"The one area where I draw the line is, I made a firm pledge to the voters that I would not raise the gas tax and fees associated with transportation," he said last week in Plover. "I respect those who disagree with me, but that's a pledge I made."

In addition to 50 counties, more than 350 cities, towns, and villages have signed on to the "Just Fix It" movement in Wisconsin.

Text Size: + Increase | Decrease -
| Print Story | Email Story
Sponsored in part by HodagSports.com





 IN OTHER NEWS

Play Video

ELCHO - Devastating storms hit the Elcho community back in July. Many trees are still down across the region and some people worry the cleanup process isn't going fast enough.

Life may be returning to normal for some people. Others wonder if the forest debris will ever be hauled away.

"The area was out of electricity for six days," said 38-year seasonal resident Ben Merry. "All my friends and family members and so forth that are up there told me, um, they recommended me that I not come up."

The damage left by severe thunderstorms that hit on July 19 shocked residents like Ben Merry and his wife.

+ Read More

PRICE COUNTY - We'll never know exactly why a plane broke up in the sky over Price County, killing six people.

The National Transportation Safety Board has released its final report on the accident over Catawba in July of 2017.

+ Read More

RHINELANDER - Scammers hope to get their hands on your money and they'll try to reach you any way possible.

People from all backgrounds can fall victim to scams.

Scammers go where they can reach people, which means they spend a lot of time on social media. This puts people at risk of leaking their private information.

Many scams used to only attack the elderly and take away their golden years, but that is changing.

One law enforcement official says everyone is being attacked.


+ Read More

Play Video

CRANDON - The Ojibwe people want to share their culture with the people of Wisconsin.

+ Read More

Play Video

WAUSAU - Wisconsin produces 90 to 95 percent of all the ginseng in the whole country. 

Ninety-five percent of that crop is grown in Marathon County, according to the Wisconsin DATCP.

+ Read More

Play Video

RHINELANDER - People in the Northwoods often travel a long way to get specialized healthcare not offered locally.

With the turn of a shovel Friday, Rhinelander's Aspirus Clinic moved one step closer solving that issue. A ground breaking ceremony cleared the way for a 21,000 square foot expansion.

The current facility opened in 2008 and employs 73 people within a 28,000 square foot building.

+ Read More

Play Video

MINOCQUA - Teen voices cut through the nearby traffic at Torpy Park in Minocqua Friday.

"I'm terrified of the fact to have children because I don't want to bring them into this earth just to destroy it."

"I think in the 2020 election [climate change] should be our most important issue when we go to vote."

After holding up signs along highway 51, high school senior Maile Llanos shared her concerns.

"I care because it is uncertain if I have a future to look forward to," said Llanos. "I care because the outcome of my future is in the hands of someone else. To all the politicians, I want you to know that the state of our environment is not a partisan issue. Know that climate change will affect you whether you are a Democrat or a Republican."

Llanos started an environmental initiative in Rhinelander called 'Paint It Green', asking local businesses to reduce their carbon emissions. At the rally, she encouraged people to reach out to legislators and tell them it's now or never.

"I can make a change but I need everyone else to actually make a difference as well," said Llanos.

+ Read More
+ More General News
Search: