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Democratic lawmakers demand Gov. Walker call special session to deal with transportation shortfall

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MADISON — Democratic lawmakers are demanding Republican Governor Scott Walker call a special legislative session to deal with a shortfall in road project funding.

Walker proposed borrowing $1.3 billion for roads in the state budget. His fellow Republicans scaled that back to $500 million in the spending plan’s final version.

Earlier this week state transportation officials said they’ve pushed back completion dates for five major projects by two years because the budget didn’t lay out enough money to finish them.

Senate Minority Leader Jennifer Shilling, a La Crosse Democrat, and a host of Assembly Democrats on Thursday demanded the governor call a special session to approve additional funding.

Walker’s spokeswoman didn’t immediately respond to email messages.

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