Reason 10: Reduce spending or increase taxes. Departments of transportation across the country have recognized that the gas-tax is no longer sufficient to fund transportation programs. Due to cars becoming more efficient and using less gas (or in the case of electric vehicles, no gas) revenues into state transportation funds have steadily declined over the
Reason 9. We are over-engineering our highways. The state is proposing to spend over half its projected transportation budget for 2013-2015 on the repair, maintenance and rehabilitation of roads, in addition to significant highway capacity expansion. In many cases, when a road is being rehabilitated – it becomes wider, allows faster traffic flow and has
Reason 8. We should allocate more funds for transit to respond to the increase in demand and ridership. Wisconsin is spending the majority of its transportation budget on new roads, when transit ridership in America is at its highest in 50 years and demand for public transportation is reaching record levels. National Transit Facts: 1.
Reason 7. Borrowing on our future. Wisconsin has taken on increasing debt to pay for new highway capacity. The percentage of Transportation Fund revenue that comes in from bonding has skyrocketed over the last decade – and has created a fiscal crisis. It is estimated that by 2023, the transportation fund will be spending 25
Reason 6. Why spend more on highways when all other aspects of government are being cut? The recent budget proposed by the calls for funding cuts to public schools, healthcare, and local governments. However, funding for transportation is up – with the majority of the funds going towards costly roadway infrastructure improvements which demographic information