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with Craig Thompson

02/16/15

We have transportation funding options; we just need to level with ourselves

The warning bells about growing debt levels in Wisconsin’s transportation fund have been sounded by commissions, legislators, the media, and stakeholder groups for several years now. That’s why it wasn’t terribly surprising that the Walker administration’s proposal to ramp up bonding in the transportation fund to $1.3 billion over the next two years went over like an osmium balloon. (Osmium is twice as dense as lead, by the way.)

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01/12/15

The impact of lower gas prices on transportation? We’ll see …

The dramatic drop in oil prices has widespread implications for everything from geopolitical relationships to the world economy to our domestic economy to whether a vacation may end up being feasible after all.

Posted at 04:01 PM | Permalink | Comments: 1

11/10/14

On transportation fund, public gets it even if pundits don’t

Talk about misreading the outcome of an election. When it comes to the constitutional amendment to segregate the transportation fund, many of the state’s pundits have been so far off the mark it’s laughable. On Election Day, 80% of Wisconsin voters, more than 1.7 million people, voted to amend the constitution so that the transportation user fees we pay have to be spent on maintaining and improving the transportation system.

Posted at 10:35 AM | Permalink | Comments: 3

10/13/14

Vote to protect transportation fund on Nov. 4

In my last blog, I talked about a proposed constitutional amendment to protect the state transportation fund. The headline was “One issue we can (almost) all agree on this November.”

Posted at 03:34 PM | Permalink | Comments: 2

08/11/14

One issue we can (almost) all agree on this November

This November we will have the opportunity to vote on more than just candidates for federal, state, and local races. We will be asked to vote on a constitutional amendment that would require that gas tax and vehicle registration fee dollars remain in the transportation fund to be used to pay for the transportation system we use every day.

Posted at 02:20 PM | Permalink | Comments: 2

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Craig Thomspon is the executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin. Founded in 1971, the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin promotes the vitality and safety of the state's transportation system, including public transit systems, public-use and general-aviation airports, railroads, commercial ports, and roads. Thompson also serves as secretary for the referendum committee Vote Yes for Transportation. www.TDAwisconsin.org and www.VoteYesforTransportation.com.

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