Rep. Zamarripa: Look Out For Potholes on Governor’s Motorcycle Ride
“During the last legislative session, Republicans chose to ignore Assembly Democratic initiatives for a steady, reliable source of funding for Wisconsin’s infrastructure.”
MADISON – As the Governor heads out on his Motorcycle Ride, Rep. Zamarripa issued the following statement today in response to the Republican-led legislature and Governor Walker’s ongoing carelessness for Wisconsin’s failing roadways and bridges:
“While he is enjoying the Wisconsin landscape on his motorcycle ride this weekend, I hope that the Governor will also take notice of the deteriorating roadways and crumbling bridges he and Republican legislators have chosen to consistently ignore.
“As I travel my district and the state, I hear many constituents and residents express their concerns about Wisconsin’s failing roadways. When you look at the statistics, it’s easy to see why. Wisconsin roads are the third worst in the nation. The U.S. Department of Transportation rated 71 percent of our roadways in poor or mediocre condition and nearly 2,000 bridges are considered to be structurally deficient or functionally obsolete. The Republican majority has made no effort to fix our state’s worsening roadways, an improvement that would promote job growth, encourage tourism and keep Wisconsin taxpayers safe while traveling.
“During the last legislative session, Republicans chose to ignore Assembly Democratic initiatives for a steady, reliable source of funding for Wisconsin’s infrastructure. Instead of focusing on solutions to move much-needed construction projects forward and create good-paying jobs, Republicans preferred to recklessly borrow another $850 million while further jeopardizing the state’s economy by refusing to adequately invest in the improvement of our roads and bridges.
“The Democratic leaders of our state have shown their commitment to addressing our failing roadways and have continuously been dismissed by the Republican majority. It seems that legislative Republicans, like the governor, have more of an interest consolidating their power and playing politics than they do in stimulating job growth and keeping Wisconsinites safe on their roadways. Our crumbling infrastructure is an immediate concern, one that I hope the Governor recognizes as he bumps around between potholes this weekend.”
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