Calling the $25 million deal for a freeway interchange at Pabst Farms a cost-sharing deal, as the JS did today, is damned near fraudulent.
Oconomowoc pays $400,000; the state pays about $19 million. That's cost-sharing, all right.
The county, the Pabst Farms sprawl developer and the land owner each pay $1.75 million, but the interchange is worth vastly more than that at least the latter two, and they are going to be very rich people as a result of this highway robbery.
It's odd that the state has $19 million to throw at an interchange for rich people in Waukesha, but can't find the cash to fund transit and para-transit for Milwaukee County residents in dire need of basic transportation.
It's been well documented that the Wisconsin Department of Transportation can't figure costs or budgets very well. Now it is quite clear that the agency's ethical calculations reek as well.