Friday, May 16, 2008

Road builders lose $103 million, now $77 million ahead

Figure this one out. State transportation spending already got a 15% budget boost ($350 million) in the 2007-09 budget. When the legislature met to fix the budget shortfall, it approved an additional $180 million for WisDOT.

Gov. Doyle, claiming the mantle of fiscal responsibility, is going to take $103 million from WisDOT to help cover the state's deficit, according to Doyle Budget Director Dave Schmiedicke via the JS.

If math hasn't changed since yesterday, $180 million - $103 million = $77 million.

Yowza. The state's still broke, but WisDOT's richer.

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