MADISON Wis. — President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal builds on tremendous investments spearheaded by Governor Evers — who has already begun to undo the damage caused by the Kleefisch-Walker administration’s neglect of Wisconsin’s infrastructure.
Gov. Evers’ first budget included nearly a half-billion dollars in transportation funding, and even during the pandemic, hundreds of road improvement projects were moving forward, some under budget and ahead of schedule. He has also made substantial investments in broadband, which are going to provide more than 300,000 homes and businesses with access to new or improved service.
In 2011, when the president extended a helping hand to Wisconsin, Kleefisch and Walker slapped it away, refusing to accept funds for everything from railways to health care expansion to broadband — just to score political points. The result over the past decade has been billions of lost dollars and unnecessary suffering.
Gov. Evers has touted the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal as a “big win for Wisconsin” saying:
“For years, elected officials in this state failed to make meaningful investments in our roads and infrastructure. I’m proud we’ve gotten to work providing more than 300,000 homes and businesses with access to new or improved broadband service while fixing more than 1,000 miles of highway and more than 800 state and local bridges. Now, because of President Biden’s efforts to pass this once-in-a-generation infrastructure plan, we’ll be able to build on the progress we’ve made these past two years and continue our work fixing our state’s crumbling roads, investing in lead pipe replacement, and expanding access to broadband across our state.”
Watch further coverage of the Governor’s endorsement of the deal below:
WEAU News: “According to Gov. Evers, the federal bill will help in fixing the state’s roads, replacing lead pipes and expanding access to broadband across the state… Gov. Evers credited President Joe Biden for passing the bipartisan infrastructure plan, stating that the state will now be able to continue building on the progress made in the past two years.”
ABC Milwaukee: “We’ll be able to fix our roads in a more significant way… We’ve done a thousand miles of roads fixed in the state of Wisconsin, this will provide money for us to move that forward.”
CBS Green Bay: “It’s going to be a big deal for the state of Wisconsin… I’m really grateful for the Congress folks that passed it and grateful for President Biden for bringing it forward.”