Monday, July 17, 2006

It's time for the county to step up

It looks like a proposal for a city-funded county bus route on Canal St. is going nowhere. Aldermen simply saw the county's ploy for what it was: an effort to shift costs to its poorest residents.

Will someone in county government step forward to accept the county's responsibility?

County Executive Scott Walker, still sucking his thumb and stamping his feet until somebody else pays the county's bills, won't do it.

Is there anyone on the County Board who can figure out that getting workers to jobs so they can pay property taxes so the county can pay its bills is a good idea?

Is there anyone on the County Board who can figure out that getting workers to jobs so the companies can make money and pay local, state and federal taxes is a really a good thing?

Gov. Doyle and the State Department of Transportation stepped forward with a three-year commitment totaling $345,000 in federal Job Access and Reverse Commute program funds. The Potawatomi Bingo Casino threw in $201,000 , and the Menomonee Valley Business Improvement District committed $30,000 to the project. The remaining three-year funding gap is $114,000, or $38,000 per year.

Scott Walker, who is in favor of a $7 billion or $8 billion freeway expansion scheme, doesn't want to spend the $38,000 on transit to get workers to jobs.

So it's up to the County Board. Will anyone step forward or has Walker's whining got them all cowed?


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