WisDems: New investigation: Walker blocking $46M from local road budgets

For Immediate Release
September 8, 2018
Contact: Courtney Beyer, courtneyb@wisdems.org

WisDems: New investigation: Walker blocking $46M from local road budgetsHey Scott, Where’s The Money?

A new WBAY investigation out yesterday showed that millions of dollars in federal funding are being withheld from local municipalities by Walker’s Department of Transportation. In total, $46 million is currently unaccounted for, and cities around Wisconsin have no idea where it is.

Milwaukee is losing out on $23 million, while Green Bay and Appleton are losing $3 million each. Now local municipalities have to raise local funds to make up for the losses.

When asked, Walker’s Department of Transportation had no explanation for where the money is going:

Target 2 Investigates reached out to the DOT for answers. The organization says they are working on a response.

So let’s try to run it up the chain to the governor: Hey Scott, where’s the money?

Read the full story here or excerpts below:

WBAY: Where’s the money? Target 2 Investigates $46m taken from local road budgets
By Brittany Schmidt

Millions of dollars in federal funds are being withheld from local municipalities by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, Target 2 Investigates has learned.

Both Appleton and Green Bay are losing out on more than $3 million in funds. These municipalities don’t know where that money has been diverted.

“Where is the money going? We have no idea,” says Steve Grenier, Green Bay Public Works Director.

…The reduction in funding is forcing these planning organizations to use local funds on certain projects, including the Gray Street reconstruction in Green Bay.

“There was a full reconstruct of Gray Street between Dousman and Velp. The project will go forward. The federal funding that was coming in for it has been removed,” Grenier says.

Target 2 Investigates reached out to the DOT for answers. The organization says they are working on a response.

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