Monday, June 04, 2007

The transportation votes

The Joint Finance Committee, on an 8-8 vote, killed a proposal to fund the proposed Kenosha-Racine-Milwaukee commuter rail project.

On the same day, the Joint Finance Committee voted, 8-8, to kill a proposal to increase state aid for regular ol' transit. The proposal would have been a godsend for the Milwaukee County Transit System and all the people that depend on it.

The KRM vote got tons of coverage and the JS even lamented the measure's loss in an editorial.
The transit vote, though, didn't get a mention in the major media.

KRM commuters likely are to be whiter and wealthier than the people who depend on the Milwaukee County Transit System. Is it just a coincidence that the whiter, wealthier system got more attention?

Editors surely didn't sit around plotting to exclude the transit debate from coverage, but the powers backing the KRM are much better at making their voices heard than are the folks who stand on the corners in the winter, waiting for their buses and hoping their routes don't get cut.

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