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Wisconsin Highway Bonanza: Scott Walker Unfazed by Lack of Funds
Posted By Angie Schmitt On November 28, 2012 @ 11:15 am In Network Roundup | 7 Comments
Early last year we learned just how dire the financial situation was in Wisconsin. Scott Walker explained how his state couldn’t afford  to run more trains if the federal government paid for passenger rail upgrades. Wisconsin, he said, couldn’t afford to collectively bargain with its employees.
But as we’ve reported extensively, Scott Walker is a big spender when it comes to highways — really big. So intent is he on building some $6.2 billion  in freeways planned for southeast Wisconsin — including a $1.7 billion interchange  just outside Milwaukee — that he appears to be undeterred by the fact that Wisconsin doesn’t have anywhere near the money to do it.
James Rowen at Network blog The Political Environment  explains how it could all turn into massive general fund subsidies for highways:
Scott Walker … opined on Monday in Wisconsin that he wants to keep all his major highway expansion projects on track  – though the state transportation fund is over-committed and short of money — but doesn’t want to raise the gas tax or create toll lanes to meet the shortfall.
He’s sending signals to his transportation financing task force to find alternatives — other than rethinking the expansions altogether — like diverting auto sales or general purpose income taxes to subsidize road-building, or setting up a new, per-miles-driven fee, or an increase in vehicle registration or licensing fees.
So much for fiscal restraint, eh?
Elsewhere on the Network today: The Architect’s Newspaper  reports there are some exciting changes coming for San Diego’s waterfront. Rails to Trails  shares the story of a New York State school that found a creative way to get more kids walking and biking — despite its car-centric surroundings. And Green City Blue Lake  writes that it might be time to “ditch the cynicism” about northeast Ohio’s regional planning process.
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 couldn’t afford: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2012/04/13/christie-walker-kasich-and-scott-all-deceived-the-public-to-kill-rail/
 Image: http://streetsblog.net/wp-content/uploads/2012/11/fcp-zoo-interchange_10785426.jpg
 Forconstructionpros.com: http://www.forconstructionpros.com/blog/10785423/major-road-rehab-project-in-milwaukee-will-utilize-concrete
 $6.2 billion: http://dc.streetsblog.org/2012/08/17/wisdot-faces-civil-rights-suit-over-1-7-billion-zoo-interchange/
 The Political Environment: http://thepoliticalenvironment.blogspot.com/2012/11/walker-could-put-transit-back-on.html
 he wants to keep all his major highway expansion projects on track: http://www.jsonline.com/news/statepolitics/walker-wants-to-keep-zoo-interchange-reconstruction-on-schedule-2a7pvp8-180929101.html
 The Architect’s Newspaper: http://blog.archpaper.com/wordpress/archives/50616
 Rails to Trails: http://community.railstotrails.org/blogs/trailblog/archive/2012/11/27/school-in-n-y-wants-rail-with-trail-for-much-needed-route-for-students.aspx?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+RTCTrailBlog+%28RTC+TrailBlog%29
 Green City Blue Lake: http://www.gcbl.org/blog/2012/11/time-to-get-excited-about-regional-planning-in-northeast-ohio
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