‘UpFront’: Nygren says Assembly GOP transportation plan will aim for long-term funding solution

Rep. John Nygren, who co-chairs the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee, says Assembly Republicans are working on developing their own transportation plan aimed at finding a long-term solution to the state’s funding challenges.

“Where we’re at is we’re going to try and develop a plan, and then take it to the people, and take it to the governor, and hopefully the governor will see the value of this plan as a long-term solution,” Nygren said on “UpFront with Mike Gousha,” produced in partnership with WisPolitics.com.

Asked if higher revenues would be necessary, Nygren said his personal opinion was that “revenues have to be part of the equation,” but noted he wasn’t speaking for the Assembly GOP caucus.

Nygren said Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his predecessor, Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle, relied on an “overextension in bonding” for roads and that debt service is “eating up” transportation dollars.

Gousha also asked Nygren if there was any tension between Assembly leaders and Gov. Walker, following the release of tense text messages between Walker and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos on the issue. Vos later tweeted a picture of himself and the governor smiling after a face-to-face meeting.

“I’m not sure I would call it tension, but what two people are ever going to agree on everything?” Nygren said.

Also on the show, former Gov. Marty Schreiber discussed caring for his wife Elaine, who has Alzheimer’s disease, and the book he has written about their journey. The book is called “My Two Elaines.”

The hardest thing, he said, was to “let go of the first Elaine.”

“The second Elaine, Elaine’s brain was broken and there was no way I could ever expect the same kind of experiences and friendship and companionship with the second Elaine,” he said.

“And so I had to let go of the first Elaine. It was very difficult, but to a certain degree it makes life easier now,” Schreiber said.

The only declared Democratic candidate for governor, Bob Harlow, also appeared on the show to discuss why he’s running and the eight-point plan he has for Wisconsin.

Harlow, 25, is a graduate of Stanford University with a degree in physics and lives in Barneveld. He said he’s running for governor because he wants to “see Wisconsin move toward a strong economic future.”

“As a third-generation Wisconsinite, as someone who grew up in the state and really has a deep connection to Wisconsin, I want to make sure that Wisconsin has a strong economy, and I have not heard in our politics a discussion of the things we need to do to get there,” Harlow said.

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