June 6 – Senate & Assembly Reach Compromise on Transportation; Other JFC Votes Include PSC, OCI, DOJ

The focus of the June 6 executive session was one of this session’s (and previous budgets’) most contentious issues: transportation. After deliberations between the Senate and Assembly Republican caucuses, JFC approved a $484 million transportation plan that increases fees but does not increase the gas tax, as proposed by Gov. Evers. The transportation motion, approved […]

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Assembly Committee Holds Hearing on Electric Vehicle Charging Stations

This week the Assembly Committee on Energy & Utilities held a public hearing on legislation (SB 236/AB 233) that would incentivize the installation of electric vehicle charging stations across Wisconsin. Authored by Rep. Adam Neylon (R-Pewaukee) and Sen. Rob Cowles (R-Green Bay) as part of the Assembly Republicans’ environment and energy proposals, the bill would […]

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Legislators Circulating Transportation Reform Bills

Last week, legislators circulated a package of proposed reforms for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (DOT). The bills aim to improve efficiency and accountability at DOT. Co-sponsorship for the bills is due this Friday, May 31. Joint Finance Committee member Sen. Tom Tiffany is listed as an author on several of the proposals. Other authors […]

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PSCW Approves Notice of Investigation of Electric Vehicles

The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin (PSCW) unanimously voted on Feb. 21 to open a generic docket (PSCW Docket # 5-EI-156) for the investigation of electric vehicle (EV) policy and regulation. The Notice of Investigation lists eight considerations that the Commission’s investigation will include, such as EV impacts on electric storage and transmission; policies and […]

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Transportation Task Force Meets

Department of Transportation (DOT) secretary-designee Craig Thompson, at the direction of Gov. Evers, has assembled a bipartisan transportation budget task force. The Transportation Stakeholder Task Force includes municipalities and counties, business and construction groups, tourism entities, and legislators from both Republican and Democrat legislators (full list of members). The task force has met twice to […]

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Gov. Walker’s Autonomous Vehicle Committee Releases Final Report

At the end of June, the Governor’s Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment submitted their final report to the governor. The report is a required deliverable under Executive Order #245. For the past nine months the steering committee convened monthly to hear presentations from a variety of stakeholders and discuss the […]

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Wisconsin Receives $227 Million Federal Transportation Grant

Wisconsin has received $227.4 million in federal road funding grants for Fiscal Year 2018. Gov. Scott Walker said the funds will be used for nearly 50 local bridge projects and to complete by 2021 the I-94 North-South project (a Foxconn-related project stretching from near Milwaukee to the Wisconsin/Illinois state line). The funding from the U.S. […]

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AV Committee Discusses Draft Report

Gov. Scott Walker’s Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicles met this week for their final discussion before they release their report. Committee members discussed issues including better defining the difference between autonomous and connected vehicles and analyzing further infrastructure, signs, and lines on the road. Members also requested a strategic plan for the committee. […]

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AV Committee Meets for Last Round of Presenters

The Governor’s Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment met last week for what was likely their last round of presenters. The committee expects to put forward a draft of a plan at the May meeting and work toward finalizing that plan by their final meeting in late June. The three presenters […]

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Gov. Walker’s Autonomous Vehicle Committee Continues to Collect Information

Gov. Scott Walker’s Steering Committee on Autonomous and Connected Vehicle Testing and Deployment held their sixth meeting on March 28 in Madison. Over the next few months, the committee will draft a report with recommendations to the governor on how to coordinate testing and operation of autonomous and connected vehicles on Wisconsin’s roadways. The report […]

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