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Walker, Evers, Discuss Transportation and More at Gubernatorial Debate

Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his DFL opponent Tony Evers covered several topics at their first debate hosted at the Madison Market. Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his DFL opponent Tony Evers covered several topics at their first debate hosted at the Madison Market. |  Photo: WDIO

Updated: October 19, 2018 10:48 PM

The Wisconsin Broadcasters Association Foundation hosted a gubernatorial debate with governor candidates Friday.

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Republican Gov. Scott Walker and his DFL opponent Tony Evers covered several topics at their first debate hosted at the Madison Market.

The debate started off with Walker addressing criticisms from his former cabinet members.

Walker said he’s not afraid to have diverse people with diverse opinions in his cabinet.

Evers addressed plagiarism found in his state budget request.

Evers said he talked to the people involved, acknowledged the mistake, and said they fixed it.

Topics ranged from school spending, tax cuts, preexisting healthcare conditions, mental health, immigration, and more.

Transportation was discussed, as panelists said Wisconsin residents are concerned about the quality of the roads and bridges in the state.

Each candidate was asked how they'll help the roads and where the money would come from.

"Our approach going forward is to give local government the largest increases they've ever had, maintain our state highways, and do it by not doing massive new interchanges in Milwaukee as the state has done over the past decade,” Walker said.

Walker said since he's been governor, $24 billion has been invested into the state's transportation fund. Walker also said he won’t raise the gas tax, something he said his opponent, will do.

"I’m going to bring together republicans and democrats, and we're not going to have a preconceived solution. I would prefer not to raise any taxes on this issue, but I'll be listening to the people that we're working with to solve this,” Evers said.

Evers said he'll roll up his sleeves on the issue and get a solution together with both political parties. Evers said Walker's policy’s don't work. Evers also said a dollar a gallon for gas is never going to happen.

Other topics discussed ranged from drunk driving and marijuana use in the state.

Evers and Walker will meet for a second and final debate next Friday.

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