Sounds familiar, doesn't it, as I wrote two years ago:
And if you are one of these anti-city legislators, what more effective way is there for you to distract attention from your years of transportation planning and fiscal failures?
That even with total control of state government has brought your Cadillac-level highway expansion in the Zoo Interchange to an embarrassing stall - - bad planning and budgeting failures which also took River Hills GOP State Senator Alberta Darling's billion-dollar+-separate-boondoggle near Miller Park off the table - - than meddling with a Milwaukee system that is common across the country as a development tool and transportation method - - but which car-rich people in River Hills or Oconomowoc Lake or Germantown can easily and ideologically ignore.
The GOP suburban far-right has for years been twisting Milwaukee's budgets for political reasons, especially obstructing modern transit which makes the city attractive to residents who want an alternative to suburban isolation and its interstate highway commutes.
Milwaukeeans routinely contribute to transportation projects statewide, but Republicans, not satisfied with a special law passed in the 50's which froze only Milwaukee's boundaries, stunted its development and help set off suburban and exurban growth, absolutely hate that the new streetcar is off to a documented great start that will spur construction, tourism, entertainment and quality living
in the state's largest city.
Speaking of transportation arrangements which get public support, taxpayers from Milwaukee are among those who contribute through state budget-provided per diem payments to Fitzgerald for his roundtrip mileage to and from the Capitol and his residence in rural Dodge County.
Anyway, the GOP wants to make it harder to lay down metal rails in Milwaukee - - though lead metal residue in the drinking water, well, OK.
At the core of this perverse partisanship is Republican dogma which foolishly sees urban success as a threat to their out-state and suburban base - - foolish because a strong big city helps the entire state succeed.
Attacking the streetcar is just a dog whistle variant with a train horn pitch.