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Peter Barca

Walker's proposed road-funding deal gets lukewarm response

Gov. Scott Walker's self-described "reasonable proposal" to borrow less and rely on more federal funding to pay for roads and break a state budget impasse got a lukewarm response from Republican legislative leaders Thursday, who showed little signs of moving closer to a deal to pass a new spending plan.

Walker's plan that sticks with his pledge not to raise gas taxes or vehicle fees was dismissed by minority Democrats, who said its reliance on an influx of new federal money was a sham and unrealistic.

Republicans who control the Legislature have struggled to reach agreement among themselves and with Walker on how to plug a nearly $1 billion transportation funding...