Todd Berry

Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance

New state budget plans to borrow almost $1 billion to pay for proposed transportation programs is sending a fiscal warning.

The Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance President Todd Berry says borrowing to pay for transportation projects accounts for 16 percent of road revenues compared to 6 percent ten years ago. He says Governors and legislators transferred money to the general fund when the transportation fund was flush, leaving the state needing to borrow to finish projects...

After a surge in the 1990's, revenues for county and municipal governments have fallen to levels of 20 years ago.

Some results of the study by the non-profit Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance is told by WTA President Todd Berry...

"....county revenues were growing by about eight percent in the early '90's. After 2005, they've been averaging just 1.5 percent. We found similar patterns for municipalities with their revenue growth...slowing to under three percent..."