Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

06/09/14

Functioning roadways and transit systems both vital to a growing economy

Let me just state this from the beginning. I believe Wisconsin needs to do much better when it comes to our policy toward mass transit, and that includes funding. Unfortunately, groups like 1000 Friends of Wisconsin agree with me. Heavy sigh.

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05/05/14

Don’t be Homer Simpson; get the facts on state transportation issues

America was founded on a distrust of government — especially faraway, arbitrary government. Over the years, there have been ebbs and flows in our collective view of government — through a civil war, world wars, a great depression, the New Deal, and the Great Recession. Two hundred and thirty-eight years in and we are at a point where confidence in government is more at an ebb than a flow.

Posted at 12:42 PM | Permalink | Comments: 1

03/03/14

It may take a bus to bridge the skills gap

Bridging the skills gap has become a top priority for governors across the country, as well as the president and Congress. Even when unemployment numbers were at their highest, we continually read stories about companies in Wisconsin that desperately wanted to hire but could not find applicants with the necessary skills. While the unemployment numbers are thankfully coming down, that story is still all too prevalent today.

Posted at 01:04 PM | Permalink | Comments: 3

02/18/14

Lots of agreement, little action on transportation funding

The old adage that politics makes strange bedfellows seems to be less and less appropriate these days. On most major issues, especially those that require revenue or affect the level of government spending, it is hard to discover even a hint of flirting going on.

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01/13/14

Why more states are taking action on transportation funding

Since it’s January and people are still reflecting on the important stories of the previous year, I figured I would put my oar in that water as well. While there were many things about 2013 I would love to comment on — including the first Packers season in more than 20 years without the team’s No. 1 quarterback under center for a significant stretch — I will confine my observations to the transportation arena.

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