How to fund Wisconsin’s roads and bridges, the much-debated question that has delayed passage of the state’s two-year budget, now may be answered by a plan that cuts funding for highway maintenance, hikes fees on hybrid vehicles and ends a minimum-pay requirement for public works projects.

The plan, the contents of which were made public Tuesday night, also trims Gov. Scott Walker’s road-borrowing blueprint and moves the state incrementally closer to collecting highway tolls.

The state Legislature’s budget-writing Joint Finance Committee passed a motion including the plan late Tuesday on a party-line 12-4 vote. It now is on track to advance to the full Legislature as part of a larger budget bill.

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