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MADISON, WI. –Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin today praised several key provisions in the Department of Transportation (DOT) budget motion unveiled late last night by the Joint Committee on Finance. AFP-WI noted this budget motion includes several major reforms that have long been top priorities for its base of more than 130,000 activists. As the Badger State’s largest free market grassroots activist organization, the group was especially supportive of the measure’s full repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law and rejection of past attempts to increase the gas tax.

Americans for Prosperity-Wisconsin State Director Eric Bott made the following statement:

“Our activists applaud Co-Chairs Senator Alberta Darling and Representative John Nygren for putting forth a transportation budget that puts Wisconsin taxpayers first. This budget prioritizes the hard, important work of reforming our state government over the expedience of costly tax hikes. By repealing the onerous prevailing wage law, this budget is especially good news for blue collar workers and small businesses in Wisconsin. We urge lawmakers to support this measure and send it to Governor Walker’s desk.”

AFP-WI pointed to the following key provisions as wins for their activists:

  • Full repeal of the state’s prevailing wage law to give small businesses a chance to compete for public works contracts and to stretch taxpayer dollars further
  • Rejection of past efforts to increase gas taxes
  • A step towards enacting “federal aid swap” legislation that will bring down project costs.
  • Landmark reforms of eminent domain laws to protect private property rights
  • Elimination of 200 positions at the DOT


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