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Luther Olsen
DOT secretary defends road bonding in governor's budget

Wisconsin's top transportation official defended Gov. Scott Walker's plan to borrow $1.3 billion for road work in front of skeptical members of the Legislature's budget committee Wednesday, insisting the projects will outlive the payments by decades. Walker's fellow Republicans have bristled at the plan. Joint Finance Committee members from both parties challenged state Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb to justify the strategy and come up with a sustainable long-term solution for building roads during a hearing. "We are in a crisis," said Sen. Luther Olsen, R-Ripon. "We are getting ourselves in a corner where we won't be able to...