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Yeah, that climate change is a hoax, all right.
Posted by James Rowen at 5:00 PM 1 comments
Took the oath Thursday, says WISN-TV 12: The inauguration is Monday, January 3rd. I checked jsonline and see stories and blogs from Thursday still referring to Walker as Governor-elect, so I am not sure if this is a terminology issue or what?
Do we have two Governors? Has anyone told Doyle yet?
Regardless, the emperor wears no cloths, except his crown:
Posted by James Rowen at 4:30 PM 1 comments
There's been a steady drumbeat in the comments on this blog - - see sample here - - and elsewhere as Scott Walker and his crew take over state government about how agency rule-making and other actions by state employees - - "bureaucrats" - - are gonna change for the better, even go away.
What will happen is that Walker's people know and embrace fully is that rule-making will allow them to do what the boss and his backers want done.
We'll just have new rules written and enforced by new people (read: fresh senior bureaucrats, or some who choose to stick around and follow orders) with different goals and probably a fresh set of both happy and unhappy citizens as a result.
This will be akin to the flip-floppy dance underway in DC as the newly-elected Members of Congress who ran against business as usual held big-dollar fundraisers, demanded their health-care perks pronto and hired lobbyists as staffers as soon as they got the plane.
Case in point: Ron Johnson.
Or those elected officials back in Newt Gingrich's era who ran in favor of term limits but wouldn't leave as promised.
The criticisms over exercising power are always situational. It just depends on which side of the equation you're on: in or out?
Similarly, the Right accuses the Left of political correctness, but the Right speaks and acts out of its own politically-correct playbook.
The Right wants government out of people's lives, except when it decides Rightist political correctness demands government meddle actively - - like banning others' same-sex marriages or using public dollars to finance religious (choice) schools.
We'll have plenty of rule-making by the new administration in Madison - - producing rules written, lobbied for and implemented by bureaucrats.
Just more bureaucrats conservative than those they replaced.
Posted by James Rowen at 2:05 PM 2 comments
Walker, Stepp and Co. are not your Warren Knowles kind of Republicans, so they will do all they can do roll back state funding for what has been a long-standing bi-partisan land preservation and public access program named after Governors Knowles and Gaylord Nelson.
Republicans tried to starve the program and now have the votes.
The new Walker DNR motto: "Cut it, pave it, gut it, fill 'er in."
Happy New Year, everyone.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:34 AM 1 comments
Below are the formal comments submitted in 2006 to a special legislative study committee by Matt Moroney, then Executive Director of the Metropolitan Builders Association and now Scott Walker's nominee as Deputy Secretary of the Department of Natural Resources.
Moroney's efforts to water down the Compact and to remake what is basically a water management and conservation agreement into more of an economic development document were not successful - - State Sen. Mary Lazich, (R-New Berlin), led a failed state's rights campaign against the Compact/
" The homebuilding industry does not believe the case has been made that it is necessary to manage the quantity of water being utilized from the Great Lakes to the extent that the compact does at this time. The compact is far too limiting in its standards and approval process for water use by straddling counties. Mr. Dahl, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, indicated in his presentation that the Army Corps does not even factor into its forecasting of lake levels the municipal use and other “minor” diversions. Such impacts are so trivial to other factors like evaporation and temperature. As a result, it is our belief that a little more flexibility for water diversions in states that border the Great Lakes is desirable for continued economic growth."Now Moroney, an attorney, is in a key position to influence all state environmental policy, including how the Compact is implemented in Wisconsin, and especially as Waukesha's stalled and incomplete application for the Compact's first out-of-basin diversion moves through the DNR and perhaps to the other seven Great Lakes states for a mandatory regional review.
Posted by James Rowen at 12:12 AM 3 comments
In this. the 45th chapter of our continuing blog series, "The Road to Sprawlville," I offer a tip about an upcoming change in service and function at the Scott Walker era Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources beginning January 3rd:
Maps directing sprawl developers and their road-building allies to once-off-limits wetlands, woodlands and other open spaces, along with handbooks containing streamlined 'rule-making' procedures with fewer pesky 'regulations' will soon be available at the Department of Natural Resources, formerly a natural resource protection agency with an historic public mission.
Coincidentally, the DNR's website is undergoing some reconstruction - - seriously - - so look for the new publications and guidelines online, too.
I'm told that a new division of sprawl inducement may be created, though it is not clear if it will be an arm of the new Commerce Department, or inserted at WisDOT.
So many choices!
What's this all about?
Lee Bergquist of the Journal Sentinel reported today:
"[DNR Secretary designee Cathy] Stepp also said Matt Moroney, an attorney and former executive director of the Metropolitan Builders of Greater Milwaukee, will be the deputy secretary. The No. 3 post of executive assistant is going to state Rep. Scott Gunderson (R-Waterford)."Moroney is an engaging free market bulldog; you may remember that as a member of a state working group on the Great Lakes Compact, he joined forces with outspoken Compact opponent State Sen. Mary Lazich, (R-New Berlin), in an unsuccessful effort to weaken the Compact. Scroll to the end of this posting, then click on his name and read the pdf that comes up.
Posted by James Rowen at 2:43 PM 7 comments
I'll bet pro- Great Lakes diversion Common Council President Paul Ybarra - - already peeved at the DNR - - is having the necessary PR news release and resolution drafted to honor of the incoming anti-DNR/new DNR Secretary as we speak.
And Lake Michigan water to that 80% enlarged City of Waukesha service territory - - into the rural Town of Waukesha, plus Genesee and undeveloped areas - - a DNR that is really an arm of the home building lobbying is just what Dr. Ybarra and his crew has ordered.
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For the environment in Wisconsin, this is the day the music died.
With anti-DNR zealot Cathy Stepp's preposterous (read: management by the Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce and the home builders organizations)) nomination as Secretary of the Department of of Natural Resources, Walker's legacy as the environmental destroyer of the land of Gaylord Nelson, John Muir and Aldo Leopold has begun.
Posted by James Rowen at 11:28 AM 2 comments
Until it suits their political ends.
Mississippi Republican Governor Haley Barbour, a possible far-right presidential candidate in 2012, stepped knee-deep into ugly racial politics recently, so sees an opportunity through a pardon to dig himself out and orders a pardoned prisoner to donate a kidney to her sister.
Good pardon - - years late - - but does anyone see a contradiction in his opposition to the new health care bill's government-mandated purchase of individual coverage and his use of government power to mandate two major surgeries, especially since the sisters had volunteered to do the transplant?
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With a key jobs indicator showing its strongest gain since George Bush's presidency two-and-a-half years ago??
When Scott Walker claims his tax breaks for businesses and the wealthy are saving the economy, let's not forget when data showed it had begun.
Posted by James Rowen at 10:18 AM 3 comments
Another story about the state's collective drunkenness drips on to the rest of us.
And you think Wisconsin's image problems - - Land of the Two-Fisted Slopper, Home Of The No-Jail OWI Ticket - - - - have to do with the esoteria of combined corporate taxation or spending ratings or the length of time for business expansion permitting?
"Be Bold" as the route to Wisconsin's recovery?
How about, "Be Sober?"
Posted by James Rowen at 10:06 AM 1 comments
There's more than a little buzz about that possibility, posed as this post's headline, and made more real by the probable appointment by Scott Walker of an anti-DNR zealot to run (slow down, divert, hamstring) the agency.
From an ideological, anti-regulatory, small-government point of view, and also among the City of Waukesha's troubled Great Lakes diversion application's authors in and around its Water Utility and Common Council, such a short-sighted move might be tempting and welcomed.
But given that the agency had established in writing the application's short comings with multiple citations to federal and state statutes, along with the Great Lakes Compact also approved in the Wisconsin legislature (read the DNR's 12/2 letter on the matter at its website, here), and also approved by seven other Great Lakes states and the US Congress, such shameless procedural and policy-making tampering would absolutely boomerang and doom the application to rejection in one or more of the other states.
And without the unanimous approval of all eight Great Lakes states, the application is vetoed, leaving Waukesha behind in its clean water supply planning and mandated 2018 compliance, and also at least $1 million in the hole paid out to consultants, lawyers and PR reps.
They say that elections have consequences, and that is oh, so true.
But using an election as the justification for meddling and mucking around in such weighty matters as managing the world's largest supply of fresh surface water - - very inadvisable.
Will Walker rewrite the DNR's mission statement, too?
our wildlife, fish and forests
and the ecosystems that sustain all life.
in their work and leisure.
and to carry out the public will.
and generations to follow.
Posted by James Rowen at 6:52 PM 3 comments
So says the Journal Sentinel (bottom of the alphabetical list).
Holloway was a SEWRPC Commission, but still, it's an odd step for Yunker, as Holloway is now an announced candidate for County Exec.
Well, maybe not completely inexplicable Yunker move - - maybe he's there to protect that $837,000 annual donation from Milwaukee County to the planning agency.
The story says not all members are Holloway supporters, but does not differentiate supporters from non-supporters.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:44 PM 0 comments
If you're like me, you look at Milwaukee County today and you know we must do better.
We need to fix the County's fiscal crisis with real reform, and stop the runaway debt and bloated budgets.
Instead of doing nothing, or worse, getting in the way, the County needs to actually partner with the private sector to help create jobs.
And we must do all of this while keeping taxes low.
The challenges facing Milwaukee County are severe. We need new ideas and innovative solutions, not business-as-usual that will make our problems worse. Can I list you as a supporter, and will you help our campaign today with a contribution of $50, $100, $250, or whatever you can donate?
I love Milwaukee County. I'm proud to call this community home and wouldn't live anywhere else. I'm running for County Executive because we need real reform and new ideas to move this County forward. I'd be honored to have your support.
PS: Won't you support my campaign for Milwaukee County Executive today with a contribution of $50, $100, $250, or whatever you can give to help me bring real reform and leadership to Milwaukee County?
|Paid for by Abele for Milwaukee County Executive, Jeff Peelen, Treasurer.|
Posted by James Rowen at 3:17 PM 9 comments
Exit a possible early favorite, attorney John Behling, who may have been too insufficiently partisan a Department of Natural Resources Secretary to suit the new breed of GOP legislative leaders/ideologues - - with the result that the far more partisan Cathy Stepp as DNR Secretary now seems the inevitable nominee.
She's has been a Racine County home builder, a former State Senator and, shall we say, about as unlike Gaylord Nelson as you can get.
You can get an idea about her DNR-related thinking from something she posted on a conservative blog last year:
"Those of you that haven't had the pleasure of peeking behind the scenes of our state agencies like DNR, Health and Family Services, etc...need to know how some of the most far-reaching policies come down on our heads.
The most crushing/controversial rules that businesses have to follow in our state are--most times--done through the "rule making process" of our state agencies. Without bogging everyone down with some really boring procedure talk, suffice it to say that many of these great ideas (sarcasm) come from deep inside the agencies and tend to be reflections of that agency's culture.
For example, people who go to work for the DNR's land, waste, and water bureaus tend to be anti-development, anti-transportation, and pro-garter snakes, karner blue butterflies, etc...This is in their nature; their make-up and DNA. So, since they're unelected bureaucrats who have only their cubicle walls to bounce ideas off of, they tend to come up with some pretty outrageous stuff that those of us in the real world have to contend with...
Stepp's former Senate chief of staff was Scott Manley, now the Wisconsin Manufacturers and Commerce's environmental policy chief.O'k, I went waaay wordier than I intended, but here's some language that was inserted into this BudgetPig that should scare everyone--regarding one of our agencies, the Department of Commerce: "it may promulgate the initial rules as emergency rules without the finding of emergency."
Why should this scare you? When (not if, I said WHEN) they give this authority to the DNR there will be more of a whooshing sound as businesses run for the borders.
It's always the fine print in these things that have the heaviest hit.
Just another example of the democrats game plan: Change the Rules to Fit the Players.
Shout it with me, now: HYPOCRISY, THY NAME IS DEMOCRAT."
Posted by James Rowen at 1:25 PM 9 comments
Assuming Gov.-elect Scott Walker will make cabinet and agency head nominations to replace the incumbents, his people will barely have time to find the executive washrooms before beginning their management duties.
The week is almost out, furlough days are ahead, then there's a holiday weekend, the swearing-in festivities and then...realty.
I can't say much for this approach.
Update: I see some movement on the issue. Is Walker that serious a reader here? :)
Posted by James Rowen at 8:23 AM 1 comments
This analysis is bound to set off the "Suburbia Is Better" crowd, as the outer-ring suburbs have higher risks for highway fatalities than do the central cities.
Another vote for walkable, transit-served neighborhoods.
Posted by James Rowen at 5:54 AM 10 comments
Talk about a development!
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In the Bizarro world where Emperor Scott Walker rules, news about jobs is all about losses.
First the Talgo, Inc. train assembly plant closing its manufacturing side, thanks to Walker's cancellation of the Madison-Milwaukee rail line (and its 4,700 construction jobs with it), and now probable layoffs at a new state agency designed to, yes, grow the economy.
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|Counties:||Brown, Calumet, Columbia, Dane, Dodge, Fond Du Lac, Green, Green Lake, Iowa, Jefferson, Kenosha, Kewaunee, Lafayette, Manitowoc, Marquette, Milwaukee, Outagamie, Ozaukee, Racine, Rock, Sauk, Sheboygan, Walworth, Washington, Waukesha, Winnebago|
|Air Quality Index|
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Posted by James Rowen at 12:01 AM 1 comments
Barack Obama tops the most-admired list, according to the Gallup organization.
Posted by James Rowen at 1:31 PM 4 comments
Will the Wisconsin Open Meetings, Records and appointee economic disclosure statutes apply fully to Walker's remade Commerce Department?
Posted by James Rowen at 9:55 AM 2 comments
Read here for the prediction.
But no trains for you.
Posted by James Rowen at 7:27 AM 13 comments
Tommy Thompson, allegedly the pro-train Governor joined forces with Waukesha County officials, then-legislative powerhouse State Rep. Scott Jensen and ratings-hungry AM talk radio jocks in the 90's to kill light rail in Milwaukee.
Yes, the same snappy, snazzy and popular light rail systems, which NPR tells is are aiding city economies all over the country and offering transportation choices to consumers.
"It's hard to find a city in America that isn't planning, proposing, studying or actually building a light rail system. Cities as diverse as Dallas, Seattle and Washington, D.C., all see light rail as part of their future — a way to reshape their development.Killed in 1997, light rail would, by now, provided pleasant transit to Summerfest and through the Third Ward, the Menomonee Valley and Miller Park, and west to the Medical Complex, Zoo and County Grounds, where UW-M may construct a research park and engineering campus. Talk about lost opportunities.
There are 35 light rail systems operating in the U.S. today. At least 13 metro areas are currently building others. Many more are being planned."
Posted by James Rowen at 7:06 AM 9 comments
Stop the federal spending spree, says the Right.
Why, it's "mutual looting, a perpetual motion scam of public finance," intones one conservative pundit, and the grabbiness has put us on the road to ruin.
Besides, not everyone would have used the train, so why should someone from Ashland or Boscobel or Kansas City kick in?
So cancel that federally-funded rail line between Madison and Milwaukee because, federal funds or not, it's still taxpayers' dough collected hither and yon, and it''s not free money.
And the deepest pool of Wisconsin's anti-rail, federal-funding refusniks who put Scott Walker over the top with his 52% non-mandate majority statewide is in...deeply red Waukesha County.
So, of course, before Wisconsin's rail federal grant was re-allocated to other states earlier this month, three Wisconsin Republican members of Congress, including Jim Sensenbrenner, a purported fiscal hawk and the state's most senior Congressional member, said they would introduce a bill in Congress next year to return the rail money to the US Treasury.
Sensenbrenner represents...where else...?...Waukesha County.
But when it comes to supporting projects that demand megatax dollars to pay for the construction of other infrastructure projects that most people living elsewhere will not use - - like widening I-94 across all of Waukesha County, argues the County Executive, Dan Vrakas, or building a new water supply system for the City of Waukesha for the 80% larger water service territory the City's Lake Michigan diversion application envisions - - well, turn on the federal spigot.
In fact, winning federal grants is an integral part of the Waukesha water diversion financing plan, minimally estimated at $164 million.
As Daniel Duchniak, the Waukesha Water Utility manager said in a report quoted by Waukeshanow.com:
"We will be actively seeking federal grants and other financing options that would help defray the cost," Duchniak said in a separate memo distributed Tuesday to the Common Council.
Without any federal grant assistance, a Milwaukee water supply would cost residential ratepayers an estimated $142.28 each quarter of the year, up from the current quarterly water charge of $66.85, Duchniak says in the memo.To the Daily Reporter, Duchniak said he hoped Waukesha might get between $25-50 million of a $100 million US Army Corps of Engineers' pot, and that along with the office of US Sen. Herb Kohl, US Rep. Jim Sensenbrenner was helping write the grant application, too.
Quarterly charges for an Oak Creek water supply, with no federal grants to offset construction costs, would be an estimated $191.83. A Racine connection would cost residents $211.39 per quarter."
Posted by James Rowen at 6:55 AM 1 comments
Nice report from Don Behm about land and habitat that can still be preserved in a heavily-urbanized region.
Posted by James Rowen at 5:09 AM 0 comments
John Behling, I hear.
Update: Another possibility steps up.
Posted by James Rowen at 5:29 PM 4 comments
(Though Walker could pardon Jensen and wipe out his misdemeanor conviction.)
Cue the Right's indignation...
Posted by James Rowen at 11:41 AM 2 comments
We read that Congressional Republicans want to roll back reforms to food inspection laws, new safeguards in legislation to rein in reckless banking practices that nearly brought down the economy, as well as gutting the new health care law and EPA health air regs, and more - - all to serve corporate elites that want the freedom to manipulate the marketplace for their own advantages.
Even with something as basic as preventing disease outbreaks from tainted food, rather than just reacting after people get sick and die.
You would think that carrying water for the top one percent of the population would translate into an easy campaign on behalf of the other 99%, but I wonder if Democrats can easily translate this blatant class subservience by the GOP into a winning, populist message.
I am not so sure.
Posted by James Rowen at 4:57 AM 2 comments
Imagine, coming into compliance with such horrifying notions as clean water disinfectant standards, or the Great Lakes Compact.
Posted by James Rowen at 4:40 AM 0 comments
As with a nuclear power plant, folks don't want it in the vicinity.
Posted by James Rowen at 9:40 PM 2 comments
It all has to do with three little words:
Three Mile Island.
And the fallout (no pun intended):
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The one about the business community being weighed down by taxes.
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Traffic fatalities on state roads are down this years for four-wheel vehicle drivers, but in other categories, the roads are far less safe than in 2009, state figures show.
Posted by James Rowen at 5:03 AM 2 comments
No clean slate approaching for GOP legislators in Congress, whose 2011 mantra will be "pass the soot."
Look for Scott Walker and his legislative allies to do the same, adopting the WMC's dirtier air position.
In fact, look for the WMC's smoggy thinking to be a requirement for people Walker appoints to run the DNR.
All under the rubric of jobs - - even though workers and CEO's breathe the same air, and the repetitive dirty air alerts that plague the lakefront counties are hardly a boon to tourism.
Maybe, under Walker/WMC, dirty air alerts will be canceled, or called something else, like "Lung Exercise Days," or "Coal Dust Celebration Hours."
Posted by James Rowen at 4:01 PM 0 comments
I don't see how this is legal under the Wisconsin Open Records statute.
Posted by James Rowen at 2:27 PM 1 comments
New Mexico, having faced a statewide OWI problem for years, has gained a reputation under outgoing Gov. Bill Richardson for cracking down on drunk driving.
This includes widespread use of sobriety checkpoints and ticketing for "under the influence" based on behaviors, not necessarily hitting a .08 BAC.
This story suggests the state may expand its enforcement parameters further by charging a surviving passenger in a fatal crash whom evidence suggests was drinking with the now-deceased driver, though the investigation is ongoing and no charging decision has been made.
Another driver in a vehicle hit head on at perhaps between 100-120 mph also survived the wreck.
By contrast, Wisconsin is a weak OWI-enforcement state. Sobriety checkpoints are not used and a first offense is still a mere, non-criminal ticket - - an only-in-Wisconsin freebie.
I'm guessing New Mexico's aggressive approach would be anathema in loose-enforcement Wisconsin, where over-indulging is part of the birthright, and thus we lead the nation in drunk driving, fatal OWI crashes (let's not call them "accidents,") and binge drinking.
This subject is often highlighted this blog - - a sample from a year ago here.
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This is today's must-read disclosure by the Journal Sentinel's "No Quarter" investigative reporter about a two-pronged investigation into Scott Walker county staffers and financial matters. A John Doe probe is involved and top-shelf attorneys have been retained.
Three initial observations:
1. If Scott Walker distanced himself from a campaign blogger who posted material on the campaign's website that made the candidate look silly, and has a pattern of evading responsibility for other events on his official watch, look for the Walker operation to encase the Gov.-elect in Teflon as things move forward.
2. Given the presence of attorneys, I guess we now know where the excess revenue from the inaugural parties is going.
3. If this were happening to a Democrat, AM talk radio would be investing in new towers and satellites to carry their 24/7 amped-up coverage. Oh, the humanity...
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And business community leaders there, unlike the timid, partisan (R) weakings who call themselves movers-and-shakers here, do, too.
With a partnership - - !! - - as described by BizTimes.com, below.
I figure Talgo's rail car manufacturing plant still hiring in Milwaukee, but abandoned by the business community here to curry favor with Scott Walker, is as good as gone to Illinois, too, when Talgo shuts it down in 2012..
Illinois forms partnership to develop high-speed rail to St. Louis
Posted by James Rowen at 9:45 PM 2 comments
Another refugee from Journal Communications (the old Sentinel) and City Hall under John Norquist turns to the Internets. Welcome.
Posted by James Rowen at 9:13 PM 0 comments
Hard not to miss that statistic in a short story about the need to fill a vacancy.
For a county with fewer than 88,000 people - - about the population of two Milwaukee aldermanic districts.
I know the population is more spread out - - though the County's website tells us that Ozaukee is Wisconsin's smallest County geographically - - and large County boards are common in Wisconsin, but 31?
I know somewhere not far away Mike Nichols is saying, "As I have been writing!"
And, probably, adding:
"He didn't listen to me when he was my editor at the paper. Maybe he will now."
Posted by James Rowen at 7:51 PM 1 comments
Lame duck session quote du jour.
Certainly puts the Wisconsin Democrats failed lame duck session into perspective, where the lame duck turkey soup was served by Decker and Plale.
Posted by James Rowen at 4:17 PM 0 comments
Now they should go down to one more legislative defeat on behalf of the 9/11 first responders' health care bill, then be allowed to slink home.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:23 PM 0 comments
Makes you think twice about those tasty desserts.
OK...OK...it was a European division. Pass the cheesecake.
Still, pretty Onionesque.
Posted by James Rowen at 3:06 PM 1 comments
"Scott Walker has said repeatedly during his campaign for governor that he will develop strategies to create 250,000 new jobs during his first term.
It's a big promise - one that has been derided by his critics. But for the sake of Wisconsin, Walker had better be right."
"Therefore, total employment specifically linked to the train line would be 1,100 this year, 3,483 next year, 4,732 in 2012, 1,542 in 2013, 483 in 2014 and 167 in 2015.The remaining jobs that the state claims would be created - 181 this year, 577 next year, 803 in 2012, 305 in 2013, 138 in 2014 and 83 in 2015 - would be "induced" employment, or jobs at stores, restaurants and other businesses where the railroad workers would spend their wages."And don't forget about train car parts' supplier jobs lost to a long list of businesses statewide?
Posted by James Rowen at 10:50 AM 2 comments
That's what Scott Walker said, but I guess the last time he motorcycled through western Wisconsin he missed the regional rail coalition's meetings there, as described in the La Crosse Tribune by this plugged-in La Crosse leader, Jennifer Shilling, a state legislator:
"The Empire Builder High-Speed Rail Coalition has been meeting since 2009 to advocate for a high-speed rail line through Tomah and La Crosse, and the group has been the driving force behind much of the local support. I’ve been proud to work with these regional leaders to look at ways to modernize our transportation infrastructure, provide economic growth and bring jobs to the Coulee Region.
Because of our work, the cities of La Crosse and Onalaska, the La Crosse County Board, the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse, Western Technical College, Viterbo University, Trane Co., CenturyLink, Logistics Health Inc., Gundersen Lutheran, Franciscan Skemp, the La Crosse Area Convention & Visitors Bureau, and dozens of other businesses, organizations and community leaders have all expressed their support for high-speed rail.
I have personally received hundreds of comments from La Crosse residents, and more than 86 percent of the people who contacted me about high-speed rail were supporters of the project.
When you consider all of the citizens, businesses, and organizations that have expressed their support, Scott Walker’s comments show a disconnect between him and the people of western Wisconsin on this issue.
His views are clearly out of touch with our community, and as we begin a new legislative session in January, I hope Walker will do a better job of listening to the people of La Crosse and western Wisconsin rather than assuming he knows what’s best for our region."
"Jennifer Shilling represents the 95th District in the Wisconsin Assembly."
Posted by James Rowen at 9:29 AM 1 comments