DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb

Wisconsin Department of Transportation Secretary Mark Gottlieb said since 1995, the DOT has issued more than 23,000 conservation license plates. Gottlieb was among the speakers for the unveiling of the new eagle license plate in Prairie du Sac on Aug. 5

Mark Gottlieb, the Wisconsin transportation secretary who was at odds with Gov. Scott Walker over funding Wisconsin roads, has resigned.

Gottlieb offered his resignation weeks after telling lawmakers that the number of state maintained roads would double in a decade if the state didn’t raise fees or taxes. He estimated that 42 percent of Wisconsin roads would be in poor condition by 2027 unless the state couldn't come up with more revenue. 

The transportation budget faces about a $1 billion shortfall in the next two years. 

Walker has said he won’t back tax or fee increases unless lawmakers find equal cuts in other taxes.

Walker announced that Gottlieb will be replaced by Dave Ross, currently Walker’s safety and professional services secretary and a former mayor of Superior.

Gottlieb, a civil engineer who has served as transportation secretary since 2011, will leave on Jan. 6.

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Steven Elbow joined The Capital Times in 1999 and has covered law enforcement in addition to city, county and state government. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison.