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
Scott Walker will be delivering his third State of the State address tonight at 7pm. Infrastructure is among the five priorities he has been highlighting during the run-up to releasing the budget next month. With his focus on jobs, Scott Walker should be engaged in a thoughtful fact-driven process to determine the mix of infrastructure […]
With Wisconsin’s State Senate flipping back to Republican control, Scott Walker is now has a clear path to implement his agenda. Walker has stated his priority is growing the economy and growing jobs. That is going to require balancing needs versus wants and prioritizing state spending to maximize the return on investment for Wisconsin. That […]
Coming soon but conveniently after the conclusion of state elections, Scott Walker will announce his plan for state infrastructure spending. While his administration has been tight-lipped about what the plan contains, there are hints of the general direction it will take.
So-called “Progressive” talk show host John “Sly” Sylvester doubled down on the “Cars First” rhetoric last Friday, flipping his rationale from “because we pay for the roads” to “because there are more of us and we are bigger.” But is such a power-based rationale really representative of someone who claims to be a Progressive? Hell […]
Stridently declaring that “Cars come first!”, WTDY Progressive Talk host John ‘Sly’ Sylvester issued a litany of unfounded justifications for treating bike path users as second-class citizens, while questioning the motives of city traffic engineers and city workers in general as being part of a conspiracy to deliver poor service for automobile enthusiasts. Sly’s key […]
The record-setting heat we have been experiencing this week may actually help convince Republicans to change their stance on global warming. It is not the number of deaths and hospital visits caused by the heat that will convince them. Same goes for the poor being unable to find a safe place to hang out during […]
It seems I have stirred up a bit of a hornet’s nest over on Facebook in a thread about the beautiful mural being painted by Panmela Castro on the western Wall of the Willy Street Co-op. The mural is gorgeous, replacing a sterile beige cinderblock wall with a broad golden ribbon, strands of crimson, and […]
With the current legislative session set to close on March 15th there are only a few days left to ensure that Wisconsin’s comprehensive planning law continues to hold municipalities accountable to provide efficient and open development. The sponsors of AB-303 (The Smart Growth Opt-out bill, which allows communities to opt-out of their comprehensive plans and […]