Category: Wisconsin Governor

Cracking the Conservative Transportation Frame

Posted July 29th, 2015 @ 6:35 PM by

With a promised audit of WISDOT in the works, now is a good time to reflect on how conservatives on Wisconsin’s joint audit committee think about transportation.  I have spent a lot of time trying to understand the arguments conservatives make against pedestrian, bicycle, and transit facilities.  But each time I would crack one of […]

So Far State Officials Can’t Prove Roads Grow Economy

Posted July 6th, 2015 @ 6:30 AM by

If you have been reading my recent posts at Forward Lookout, you are aware that I have been sending out a series of open records requests to state office holders who claim that increased infrastructure spending grows the economy.  I recently received a response from Senator Jennifer Shilling’s Office to one such request. Like the […]

Can We Apply ROI Standards to Highways Please?

Posted June 4th, 2015 @ 9:18 PM by

If we can quantify the returns to the state for an $80 million investment in a sports arena, why isn’t it possible, with “big data” technology, to insist on obtaining a similar metric before approving $1.3 billion of highway bonding in the Governor’s proposed budget?

Transportation Budget up for Vote on Friday…

Posted May 28th, 2015 @ 8:58 PM by

Late Update: Most transportation issues have been pushed off until next week.  JFC ended up passing a motion with reduced cuts to the Stewardship fund compared to the Governor’s budget proposal.  This may result in some money being saved for rails to trails.  Also of note, Dane County’s ability to regulate Shorland Zoning was gutted. […]

State Transportation Up at 2pm Today

Posted May 27th, 2015 @ 12:11 PM by

UPDATE: JFC will not be taking up Transportation Today according to the latest memo.  JFC will meet at 2:30pm today to take up issues listed in the memo. It appears the Joint Committee on Finance is finally ready to tackle the issue of the $1.3 billion of transportation bonding proposed in Scott Walker’s Budget.  You can […]

Walker Proposes Rollback of Complete Streets

Posted February 4th, 2015 @ 11:07 AM by

Governor Walker’s budget address on February third is getting a lot of press for the $1.3 billion of borrowing for transportation, but there is also a rollback of the complete streets policy formalized in 2010.  The Governor stated in his address: Finally, the Governor recommends several statutory changes including repealing the requirement that the department […]

An Open Letter To Chris Mertes – The Sequel

Posted January 7th, 2015 @ 10:09 AM by

A few years back, Sun Prairie Star Editor Chris Mertes wrote such a ridiculous editorial that I wrote him an open letter. Mertes has outdone himself with his latest editorial so it is time for a sequel. It is said before every city council and plan commission meeting. It is said before every Sun Prairie […]

Stop Wasteful Highway Expansions, No New Transportation Taxes, Fix Local Roads First

Posted October 20th, 2014 @ 5:31 PM by

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,, (608) 658-3517 WHAT: Last week, WISDOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb refused to hear […]

Dear Media: Please Research the Declining Returns on Highway Investments

Posted October 14th, 2014 @ 5:30 AM by

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 […]

Transpo Fund Amendment Will Not Deliver!

Posted October 6th, 2014 @ 5:30 AM by

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 […]

Scott Walker Slaps Down Blaska

Posted September 15th, 2014 @ 10:56 AM by

In case you have not heard, Scott Walker’s campaign manager, Michael Grebe,  is suing the Madison School District.    Well, Grebe could not sue the district directly, since he does not live here and he is too busy selling off Northern WI.  In order to make the plans work, they had to find a stooge in […]