The Latest: Committee to vote on $6.8 million ad campaign
MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The Latest on action in the Wisconsin Legislature (all times local):
The Legislature’s finance committee is set to approve spending $6.8 million on ads persuading people to relocate to Wisconsin.
The committee is scheduled to vote on a bill Wednesday afternoon that would hand the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation $6.8 million to develop the campaign targeting veterans and millennials from other Midwestern areas, particularly Detroit, Minneapolis and Chicago. Committee approval would clear the way for full votes in the Assembly and Senate.
WEDC launched a separate $956,000 ad campaign in January targeting millennials in Chicago. Those ads center on Wisconsin’s shorter commute times.
The bill is AB 811/SB 679.
Wisconsin Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald says the only way the state will access federal money for infrastructure is implementing open-road tolling.
Fitzgerald said Wednesday that tolling is the only thing that makes sense for Wisconsin to make whatever match is necessary to access its share of the $1.5 trillion in federal funding for all 50 states that President Donald Trump announced last month.
Gov. Scott Walker has said that he would be open to raising the gas tax to pay for transportation if there’s a cut elsewhere. But Fitzgerald says there isn’t support in the Senate to raise the gas tax or vehicle registration fees, but there is backing for tolling.
Walker last year vetoed $2.5 million for a study into interstate tolling, a move that requires federal approval.
Wisconsin Senate Republican Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald said he expects “chaos” as the Legislature rushes to complete its business over the next several weeks.
Fitzgerald joined other legislative leaders Wednesday at a meeting of the Wisconsin Counties Association. Prior to the meeting, Fitzgerald said that the Senate still has not determined which proposals, including those put forward by Gov. Scott Walker, will pass.
But both Fitzgerald and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos says a measure that’s a priority of counties and local governments will not pass this year. That’s a proposal to remove the so-called “dark stores” loophole to force mega-retailers like Menards to pay more in local property taxes.
Vos says he thinks lawmakers are on the cusp of an agreement on overhauling the state’s juvenile prison system.
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