Friday, May 11, 2007

KRM, freeways: transit left to crumble

Word is (via wispolitics) that a Joint Finance Committee member will introduce a budget amendment to raise the vehicle rental tax by $13 to fund the Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee commuter rail line.

Most of the taxes will be collected in Milwaukee. Most of the benefit will go to Racine and Kenosha.

Gov. Doyle already has proposed huge budget increases for reconstructing and probably expanding freeways in the Milwaukee area.

Most of the negative impacts will be in Milwaukee. Most of the benefits will be in suburban counties.

Regular ol' transit, however, gets just enough crumbs from the table to insure its destruction in a few years. By coincidence, a healthy transit system would benefit Milwaukee greatly. We can't have that, can we?

1 comment:

Steve said...

Very good summary of the state of stupidity in this state as to transportation. The $13 rental car tax may well encourage visitors to the area to drive here vs. taking public transport and renting a car.
And what about people who want to give up a personal auto, using mostly public transit, but renting a car from time to time?