Thursday, March 14, 2013

Walker Adds 32% More GPR To Transportation (Read: Highways) Budget

Road-builder bonanza from general purpose revenue [the GPR reference is a correction from earlier language] boost, official figures show.

And the price tag goes up because Walker's putting so much of it on the credit card.

And a reminder about the insanity of it all:

"Widening roads to solve traffic congestion is like loosening your belt to cure obesity," says Walter Kulash, a traffic engineer from Orlando, Fla.
Former Mayor John Norquist brought Kulash to Milwaukee for a presentation calling interstate highways through cities a bad investment, but a senior official for the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Planning Commission - - father to the SE freeway system's $6.4 billion expansion and reconstruction that is now undergoing reconstruction of the reconstruction  - - was unimpressed.

So it goes.


jpk said...

Sorry to nitpick here.

The overall transportation budget is only increasing by 2.7 over the previous base years.

The 32% refers to the increase in use of general purpose revenue (GPR) for subsidizing the state's transportation budget. GPR is tax $ from income, sales, and excise taxes.

The subsidy story is compelling. People from the central city are now increasingly subsidizing suburban commuters... hardly seems fair.

James Rowen said...

Corrected and edited. Thank you.