- Associated Press - Thursday, October 1, 2015

MADISON, Wis. (AP) - Democratic lawmakers are demanding Republican Gov. 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. Republican legislator scaled that back to $500 million.

State transportation officials said this week that they’ve pushed back completion dates for five major projects 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.

The budget does allow transportation officials to ask the Legislature’s budget committee for an additional $350 million in borrowing. Walker’s spokeswoman says the governor will work with the panel to approve those funds.


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