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Wisconsin legislative notes

The trucking publication Land Line covers governmental developments in Wisconsin. It looks like the cheese-heads are pretty darned smart.

Included in the budget bill is a provision long sought by transportation advocates. It prohibits the governor from diverting money from the state transportation fund for other uses.

During the past four years, Doyle has rerouted $1.1 billion from transportation to education, then increased borrowing to pay for roads, the Journal Sentinel reported.

Another provision in the budget includes exemptions from emission inspections for vehicles of model years ranging from 1967 to 1995, and vehicles of model year 2007 or later that are powered by diesel.

The bill also would prohibit building a weigh station in Rockland off Interstate 90. The state Department of Transportation couldn’t add traffic lanes on Interstate 94 adjacent to Wood National Cemetery in Milwaukee.

In addition, it includes up to $80 million in state borrowing to help start passenger rail service between Madison and Milwaukee. The project still needs federal approval.

Filed under: Passenger Rail Transportatio Policy, Regional USA Passenger Rail

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