Wisconsin Governor’s DOT Nominee Talks Road Conditions, Revenue At Confirmation Hearing

Gov. Tony Evers’ nominee to lead the state Department of Transportation told a panel of state senators on Wednesday he’ll judge the success of the department by whether people see their roads improving.

Transportation Secretary nominee Craig Thompson also reiterated his belief that the state needs to increase revenue to maintain its roads, though he didn’t say exactly what mix of funding the governor would propose in his budget.

Out of all of Evers’ cabinet nominees, Thompson faces perhaps the steepest path to confirmation in the Senate, where Republicans hold a 19-14 majority.

Thompson led the Wisconsin Transportation Development Association, an organization that represents road builders and local governments among other groups. State Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald, R-Juneau, has said Thompson’s road-builder ties bother some members of his caucus who think the DOT is spending too much already.