Contact: Representative Ron Tusler (608) 266-5831

Representative Ron Tusler and state lawmakers to use audit report to find DOT Savings

MADISON – “We as Assembly Republicans are working hard to make sure every tax dollar is spent wisely. This audit has helped us find inefficiencies that we can fix,” Rep. Tusler (R- Harrison) said.

The non-partisan Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its audit of the state highway program (report 17-2), which is administered by the Department of Transportation (DOT). The audit found that the DOT could have saved millions of dollars in the past ten years by meeting its own performance measures, not taking on more work than it had budgeted and budgeting properly for inflation.

“This audit is good news for Wisconsin. It shows that we can improve our roads without increasing DOT spending by using the money we already have effectively.”

LAB makes 24 recommendations that will help DOT use its funds more effectively and improve how DOT manages the planning, engineering, and construction phases of state highway projects, as well as its maintenance of state highways. LAB also identified 5 modifications the Legislature could consider making to statutes.

Copies of report 17-2 may be obtained from LAB’s website at or by calling (608) 266-2818. Report concerns related to state government activities to LAB by calling the toll-free hotline at 1‑877‑FRAUD‑17.

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