Wednesday, April 9, 2014

WI Road $$ 'Crisis' From Over-Spending

WISDOT should cut back over- building new lanes as a first step towards fiscal sanity and solvency.

And transfer some of the savings to local repair budgets.

More borrowing and new tolls to feed the  road - builder profits and campaign treasuries Beast is immoral and bad polirics.


peg said...

Liberals have never been accused of not finding new ways to spend other people's money. Besides, Act 10 has already balanced the budget. Expand the law to police and fire and it's even better.

Anonymous said...

I would love to know who had the contracts to do 'round a-bouts'.

On a recent trip down state we passed through 3 a-abouts in a row that had only 4 in-outs. Essentially a crossroad that was converted to a 'round a-bout'. Previously a 4 way stop.

How f…ing much for each conversion?

Excuse me pay off!

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

can I upvote this?

Tonight, I was at the MANDI award, and the Mayor started things off. He talked about the thousands of jobs being retained in Milwaukee through the NML prject and the thousands of new jobs; but he also talked about the City's innovative project to add street workers that will help repair the winter's damage, by tapping the struggling workforce that have criminal records.

There's a leader here, and it's the one who lost the last election.

Jake formerly of the LP said...

Really? You consider $1 billion in unmet Transportation needs in the next budget "balanced "? And having huge property taxes and fees to pay for road repairs is fiscally sound?

How is the weather in Fantasyland today?

Anonymous said...

Couldn't the money to build Milwaukee's proposed trolley be used to fund jobs for street repair in Milwaukee? If you can't repair what you have, why invest more revenue in capital projects that add additional debt for future repairs to the budget?

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

roundabouts are documented as a safer and more efficient way to move traffic through busy intersections. Hardly a boondoggle, actually an improvement.

James Rowen said...

To Anon. 12:19. No - - the trolley funding is part of a separate Congressional appropriation years ago dedicated to transit. A federal civil rights settlement verified it. If the money is not spent on transit, it lapses, as has part of the original grant.

This was also part of a city/county state agreement.

Jake formerly of the LP said...

No. All federal dollars. In fact, the plans are for riders and parking to make up any difference. Not a DIME of state or local tax dollars go to it, if done right.
And what about every other community that also has to fix potholes? And yes, that includes your Bagger community

Anonymous said...

Well then, if all these grants are required to build the trolley, where will operational and maintenance expenses come from? Are we going to see more pot hole repair funds shoveled into the taxes required to suport the trolley?
Some of us pay federal taxes.

James Rowen said...

Do you ask the same questions when billions are spent on new roads that have to be repaired, plowed, policed, etc?