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Transportation Matters

with Craig Thompson

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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12/02/13

FedEx, UPS are fast becoming Santa’s biggest helpers

How many of us have had to answer the question “how does Santa do all of that in one night?” This will be the first Christmas that my 9-year-old son, Joe, will not be pondering that mind-blowing question as he tries to fall asleep on Dec. 24. It’s undoubtedly a bit sad watching the wheels turn while your son processes this revelation.

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11/04/13

Reports of the death of the car culture have been greatly exaggerated

Ah, human beings. We are a funny lot. We just can’t stop ourselves from taking what can potentially be a positive development and leaping to claims that the world has changed forever. But as Mark Twain said, “Never let the facts get in the way of a good story.”

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10/07/13

Freight rail’s comeback story proves bipartisan solutions can work

Deregulation. In 2013, the word itself elicits visceral reactions. The reactions tend to be felt through the prism of our ideological leanings. Those right of center feel all warm and cozy inside when they hear this word, as they picture commerce humming along unfettered while birds chirp and angels sing. Those left of center tend to feel their stomachs tighten as they envision robber barons left free to pillage and plunder.

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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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