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Assembly Speaker Offers Tolls, General Fund Money to Close Transportation Deficit

Republican Assembly Speaker Robin Vos spoke at a rally in Racine Friday.

He says he's open to using money from Wisconsin's general fund to shore up the state's transportation budget while lawmakers consider other options.

The state has a projected $680 million deficit in its transportation budget. 

Vos says he's also open to using tolls to raise money for roads.  He spoke at a rally to generate support for a constitutional amendment that would prohibit raids on the state transportation fund. 

Lawmakers approved the amendment after former Gov. Jim Doyle diverted $1.3 billion from the fund to pay for schools and other expenses.

Voters will have their sat with a Nov. 4 ballot question.

Marti was a reporter with WUWM from 1999 to 2021.