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May 5, 201412:42 PMTransportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

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

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While on the site, you can watch a brief video that explains a great deal about the history of transportation in Wisconsin and find links to actual budget charts and documents, a timeline of transportation in Wisconsin, and even Wisconsin transportation trivia.

You can also provide comments if you are unable to attend one of these meetings. All comments are archived on the website.

We all have opinions. Some believe a local project should happen more quickly. Others may feel we are spending too much money on one area and not enough on another.

All of these opinions are important to share. The only thing I would ask is that you take some time to attend one of these meetings if you can or at least read and digest the information that is available on the WisDOT website before etching those opinions in stone.

There are some issues out there that require common-sense answers. Not everything has to be a proxy for the greater ideological debate of our time. Providing a platform to move goods and people more efficiently than our competitors across the country and across the globe should be one of those issues. 

May 5, 2014 10:24 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

"Providing a platform to move goods and people more efficiently than our competitors across the country and across the globe should be one of those issues."

The problem is that according to national studies, while we might be able to "out-compete" neighboring states in terms of using infrastructure investment to attract business development, the net social return on investment as a whole is less that the return of leaving the money in the private sector by a large margin.

For example, in 2003, the TDA published a study that reported for every $1 invested in transportation above basic maintenance, $3 was added to the economy over 20 years. Care to guess what a conservative return from the stock market would be over that time? $6.70, or a net opportunity cost of $3.70 for every dollar invested in highways. Who wants to compete against other states to be the smallest loser?

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 Debby Jackson assumed the role of executive director of the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin after more than 15 years with the organization. In addition to her vast experience in association management and transportation advocacy, Jackson has a background in business. She leverages the breadth and depth of her professional experience, along with her knowledge of the membership and mission of TDA, to be a strong voice for robust transportation infrastructure in Wisconsin. Jackson started her career as a staff auditor with Price Waterhouse, which led to a series of accounting and corporate management positions with a major national retailer.

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