The Local Government Institute of Wisconsin has a new report out ( Filling Potholes: A New Look at Funding Local Transportation in Wisconsin ) that makes the case for funding Wisconsin Transportation. The problem is that the report they cite to highlight how much highway construction benefits the economy is from 1990.
Governor Scott Walker declared an energy emergency on Friday and has waved the 70-hour per week restriction on truck drivers transporting petroleum products into Wisconsin. Kind of a risky move, given the fact that studies show higher rates of crashes occur the Monday after a time change. Maybe it would be even riskier for a Governor running […]
With polls showing 70% support for a constitutional amendment creating a department of transportation and ensuring that taxes paid by motor-vehicle users are spent on transportation*, passage appears certain. But what will that mean for the future of transportation in Wisconsin? WISDOT could rule with a concrete fist. A shining example of WISDOTs current position […]
Concerned Residents of Cities, Towns Traveling to Capitol to Tell Gov. Walker: Stop Wasteful Highway Expansions, No New Transportation Taxes, Fix Local Roads First FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE October 20, 2014 CONTACT: Juan Carlos Ruiz, (414) 758-0600 Cleaner Milwaukee Coalition Bruce Speight, firstname.lastname@example.org, (608) 658-3517 WHAT: Last week, WISDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb refused to hear […]
According to WISDOT, the next State budget will have $680 million more in planned transportation spending than is projected to come in from gas taxes. Unfortunately the majority of the news coverage has missed the opportunity to address the imbalance by reducing wasteful project spending. Assembly Speaker Robin Vos has called this issue one of […]
Every couple of weeks, we hear about a $680 million shortfall in the transportation fund. The unspoken premise being that the projects that are creating the need that exceeds what the gas tax brings in are demonstrably worth the investment. So what is the return on highway investment nowadays? Go ahead, make a guess. And keep in […]
So the proponents of Wisconsin state referendum question #1, a constitutional amendment to protect the transportation fund, put out a video to convince the public why the measure is in their interests. If you go to the section on what people want their transportation money spent on, you see: Repair the streets. Improving quality of […]
On November 4th, the people of Wisconsin will be asked if they want to “protect” the state’s transportation fund. The motivation, proponents say, is the $1.4 billion “raid” on the transportation fund during the Doyle administration. The implication is that the people who pay gas taxes have been shortchanged and that their interests need to […]
If you read the news today, you may know about a so-called “$700 million transportation shortfall” that Scott Walker talked about at an economic development conference in Janesville on Tuesday. Yes, WISDOT has plans to spend $700 million more than is projected to come in from gasoline taxes in the next two years. Typically when […]
Madison’s Common Council voted to reconfigure N. Sherman Ave from a four-lane to a two-way with a center left turn lane. During the testimony, several issues were raised by opponents, and rehashed later on talk radio that I would like to fact-check for posterity.
The Governor provides the perfect example of why we need to dig deeper and do our homework to justify more highway improvements. Today, the average net return on highway investment has dropped below the return of leaving the money in the private sector. That means digging deeper with our research than simply looking at the businesses or municipalities asking for an improvement