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Delegates hit road in spite of disappointment

Bags weren't even packed. No on hit the highway for Madison yet. And already one of the issues Superior Days delegates planned to lobby for was dead-on-arrival. Delegates headed south nonetheless this week with a plan to educate the Legislature a...

Bags weren’t even packed.

No on hit the highway for Madison yet.

And already one of the issues Superior Days delegates planned to lobby for was dead-on-arrival.

Delegates headed south nonetheless this week with a plan to educate the Legislature about the need for local options to fund highway maintenance and reconstruction. After all, Assembly Bill 210 would have given the voters of Douglas County and counties throughout the state an option to implement a half percent sales tax - designated for road projects. The bill would have distributed proceeds of the sales tax among the county and towns, cities, villages within it for road projects.

The measure gained unanimous support of the Assembly Committee on Transportation.

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"This was looking really bright that we would have something passed," said Douglas County Administrator Andy Lisak, who has spearheaded lobbying efforts on the issue for the last two years. "Assembly leadership was in support of AB210, it had received unanimous support of the transportation committee. But my understanding is a group of majority members considered this a tax increase and were hesitant to support it." Lisak said while there may not be a vote on the measure this session, he’s confident Assembly Speaker Robin Vos, R-Rochester, still believes it’s a measure worthy of consideration.

"This is going to be a marathon," Lisak said. "We knew this was going to be a marathon. We were hoping for a little shot in the arm this session with AB210, but we’ll continue to move forward. We’ll continue to advocate on behalf of local funding for transportation.

"There’s a movement among a lot of groups to make sure we have adequate funding for transportation."

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