Friday, April 14, 2006

Quote, unquote

Legislators aren't expected to offer any ways to pay for transportation systems until after the November elections.
-- Journal Sentinel reporter Steve Walters, in a story about roadbuilders saying Wisconsin needs another $250-million a year to give to roadbuilders.


At 1:02 PM, Blogger Jim Rowen said...

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At 1:10 PM, Blogger Interloper said...

I don't expect them to offer any real solutions after the elections either!

At 1:46 PM, Blogger Jim Rowen said...

When the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission's freeway advisory committee recommended $6.5 billion for new freeway lanes and other expansion, it also recommended the state have the money in hand for each segment of the plan.

That was in April, 2003.

It's not like this problem cropped up today: the expansion plan has always been fiscally irrational.

Either gas taxes and fees will have to be raised substantially or tolls will be added - - or the state could dump large portions of the plan because they are completely unnecessary.

Taxpayers should demand that new construction be trimmed, with more transportation funding focused on maintenance of existing pavement, assistance to local communities' street and road programs, and transit expansion.

We're already at the mercy of Big Oil and a federal government letting the industry get away with murder. We should not let state government get away with similar obeisance to Wisconsin's road-builders at our expense.

At 4:34 PM, Blogger J.J. said...

How can some legislators think a 16% spending increase isn't enough for the road building lobby while 2% spending increases for critical local services like police and schools is too much?

Talk about misplaced priorities.


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