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State Republican's want DOT chief's hearing delayed

Republican state senators are pushing for a delay in next Tuesday's scheduled confirmation vote on Transportation Secretary Frank Busalacchi's new term.

But at last word, the vote is still on.

Minority Leader Scott Fitzgerald wants a committee to hold a public hearing on Busalacchi. That's because he reportedly ordered DOT employees to urge other states to forgive thousands in overdue fuel taxes for Dennis Troha's trucking firms.

Troha was indicted eight days ago for funneling illegal campaign donations to Gov. Jim Doyle, in an alleged effort to seek his possible approval for a Kenosha casino.

Doyle said he and his administration did nothing wrong and the DOT says they've gone to bat for similar Wisconsin businesses before.

They mention a 2001 trip to Georgia on behalf of Green Bay's Schneider National.

But Schneider said it was not out to get its tax payments reduced. The company said its case involved a dispute over how its fuel tax payments should be distributed.