Governor Walker names new transportation secretary

ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 02: Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and possible Republican presidential candidate speaks during the Rick Scott's Economic Growth Summit held at the Disney's Yacht and Beach Club Convention Center on June 2, 2015 in Orlando, Florida. Many of the leading Republican presidential candidates are scheduled to speak during the event. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

MADISON — Gov. Scott Walker has appointed a new transportation secretary as he gears up for a budget battle over how to pay for roads.

Walker announced Tuesday, December 27th that he has appointed Department of Safety and Professional Services Secretary Dave Ross to serve as secretary of the Department of Transportation. Ross replaces Mark Gottlieb, who plans to resign effective January 6th.

Walker’s announcement didn’t offer any explanation for Gottlieb’s resignation. Walker spokesman Tom Evenson said in an email to The Associated Press that Gottlieb plans to retire.

Gottlieb’s departure comes as the transportation budget faces a $1 billion shortfall. Walker has proposed delaying major projects and borrowing to pay for maintenance. Assembly Republicans have said everything should be considered, including raising the state’ gas tax.

Gottlieb has been with Walker’s administration since the beginning — January 2011.

However, in recent weeks, he said roads would continue to deteriorate under Walker’s proposed transportation budget, adding that it would take a whopping 70 years to rebuild Milwaukee’s interstates under the current level of spending.

3 comments

  • John C.

    The new guy will have no better chance solving this disaster than the old guy. Why? Because Wisconsin desperately needs a new revenue source to pay for its crumbling roads and infrastructure . Thankfully that revenue source and solution already exists and thrives in the state. Legalize cannabis. Walker and his Republican comrades should embrace the free markets vs. black markets, embrace personal freedom and responsibility as well as States’ Rights over more taxes and big government nanny state intrusions and wastefulness and end the wildly unpopluar and utterly failed policy of reefer Prohibition in Wisconsin. A strong 60% bipartisan majority of Wisconsinites agree. It’s time to end this expensive, wasteful, discriminatory failure and just fix our roads. It sure beats raising taxes again as Speaker Vos and other Republicans want and it beats borrowing again and passing the massive debt with interest to our children as Gov. Walker wants to do. So much for “personal liberty” and being “fiscally conservative”. These Republicans are charlatans at best.

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