Eau Claire (WQOW) – The Democratic Party of Wisconsin said residents spend on average $637 in car repairs due to the state’s poor road conditions.
The statement is based off a report from the American Society of Civil Engineers, and it was shared during the Democrats ‘Fix Our Roads’ tour in Eau Claire Wednesday.
The message to fix Wisconsin roads was for Governor Scott Walker, and the messenger was Wisconsin State Superintendent, and Walker’s challenger, Tony Evers.
"Everything has to be on the table," Evers said. "Gas tax is clearly one of them, but [also] cutting expenditures, looking at tax credits. Scott Walker has given out tax credits to hundreds of wealthy people in the state of Wisconsin, thousands of them. Maybe we should look at that. All I can tell you is that we have to find a solution and we will."
Evers said he is disturbed by the state’s decision to downgrade bridges in western Wisconsin. He added, "This is an issue of safety." Evers said he can vouch for spending hundreds of dollars in car repairs, because of the state’s gravel roads.
Evers also defended himself against one of the attack ads on the airwaves. Paid for by the Republican Party of Wisconsin, the ad focuses on the case of Middleton teacher, Andrew Harris. Harris viewed, and shared, pornography in school. He was fired in 2010, but was given his job back in 2014.
Evers didn’t revoke that teacher’s license. The ad came out right after the partisan primary.
"That’s Scott Walker’s M.O.,"Evers said. "He’s always about slash and burn and that didn’t surprise me at all. The fact of the matter is, I could not revoke that license, and I worked hard to make the law change so that I could in the future. It’s as simple as that."