Gov. Walker and state Republican legislative leaders who have a made a career out of sticking it to Milwaukee have figured out a way to deny the city a streetcar line, the Journal Sentinel is reporting.
Republicans on the Legislature's budget committee intend to approve a measure Thursday that would bar utility ratepayers from having to bear any costs for a proposed streetcar in Milwaukee - a provision that likely would kill the project.And Walker is willing to demagogue and mislead his core suburban, talk-radio driven audience to get his way:
"I'd spend my time and resources on economic development projects that put people to work instead of a streetcar that will affect a handful of people on the upper east side of Milwaukee," Walker said then.Just as Walker obeyed city-fearing, suburban-focused talk radio and denied the two largest state cities a federally-funded Amtrak line - - and the state a spot in a regional rail network connecting cities with major university and research center employers - - Walker continues to marginalize Milwaukee over the street car plan.
It's the city he learned to hate when he had to come into to work as County Executive in its downtown everyday - - and wants to keep it its urban job poll hemmed inside, and access in and out congested with endless freeway work, and the city wedded to an antiquated, cash-starved (by Walker's budgets) and-shrinking bus transit system.
This is what the talkers and their suburban base want: a stultified city with no new fuel-efficient, clean-burning, greener and hipper transit alternatives.
The Walkerites talk a good game about attracting and nurturing entrepreneurship, and stimulating business creation, and accelerating corporate recruiting, but many younger creative people who might come to Milwaukee would be leaving modern cities where local rail and good train connections in-and-outbound are routine.
If the answer to "where's the train?" and "where is the light rail stop" is "nowhere," and expect fewer relocations, and fewer enthusiastic reviews about the lifestyle here via social media, too.
Walker & Co. are drunk with state power, and their drink of choice is $4/gal. gasoline.