Two Republican Assembly members of the commission, which is chaired by Walker, said their colleagues likely will have concerns about the $1.1 billion in borrowing in Walker's two-year capital spending plan as it heads to the Legislature for approval.
The Republican governor countered that he had held spending and borrowing in check in his first budget. Now, he said, it's time to spend on needed projects.
"We were very aggressive two years ago, because of the circumstances we faced," Walker said. "Today ... the bond market is positive (and) it's a good time when it comes to construction costs."