Transportation Budget Needs to be Derailed
Last March, 7 months before the fall election, Governor Walker signed a $541 million tax cut. One week after the election, Governor Walker’s Transportation Secretary, proposed to erase that tax cut with a $751 million tax increase.
Crass politics or bad advice from an advisor?
The Department of Transportation should do three things:
- Re-evaluate major projects in light of declining driving in the state and cut back on spending
- Reallocate spending so that local transportation needs like transit and filling potholes get the support that they need.
- Recognize that transit is a form of transportation that should be supported by the state’s transportation fund.
- The Transportation Budget is the only budget that has been exempt from any cuts for the past four years.
- People are driving less today than in 2004. It doesn’t make sense to expand highways when driving is decreasing.
- Transit is a form of transportation. Transit funding should come from the Transportation Fund – not the general fund.
- We don’t need more money – just better allocation of funds.