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Oct 13, 201403:34 PMTransportation Matters

with Debby Jackson

Vote to protect transportation fund on Nov. 4

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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.” As a quick reminder, and in case there are one or two people out there who didn’t read that blog, here is the question that will appear on every ballot in the state on Nov. 4:

Shall section 9 (2) of article IV and section 11 of article VIII of the constitution be created to require that revenues generated by use of the state transportation system be deposited into a transportation fund administered by a department of transportation for the exclusive purpose of funding Wisconsin’s transportation systems and to prohibit any transfers or lapses from this fund?

As I have traveled the state talking to editorial boards and civic groups, the response has always been about the same: “This just makes sense. Who would be against dedicating the money to go where it is supposed to?”

It’s a great question. If you look at the members of Vote Yes for Transportation, the group advocating for this amendment, there aren’t many constituencies in Wisconsin that aren’t covered. It includes the Wisconsin Towns Association, Wisconsin Counties Association, Wisconsin Dairy Business Association, Midwest Food Processors Association, Wisconsin Grocers Association, International Union of Operating Engineers Local 139, AAA Wisconsin, Wisconsin Laborers’ District Council, Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce, Great Lakes Timber Professionals Association, and the list goes on. You can see the entire list of more than 50 organizations by clicking here.

There isn’t a single group registered with the Government Accountability Board (GAB) to advocate a “no” vote. Polling demonstrates that people in Milwaukee and Madison favor this as much as those who live out of state. The same is true of people who plan to vote Democratic or Republican.

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Oct 16, 2014 04:47 pm
 Posted by  Anonymous

I am voting NO. The language is not clear and does not even make sense. It states " to require that revenues generated by use of the state transportation system be deposited into a transportation fund administered by a department of transportation for the exclusive purpose of funding Wisconsin’s transportation systems and to prohibit any transfers or lapses from this fund" What are these revenues and where are they being generated. Gas tax? Well you can use gas for other things rather than driving a car. Also does this only give the Transportation fund money from these revenues or can they get transfers from other funds. That doesn't seem fair. Their money can't go out but other funds money can come in. This referendum needs some more time to be hashed out and made clear so the voters know exactly what they are voting on. Read it again and you may be surprised how some judges might interpret it.

Oct 20, 2014 09:40 am
 Posted by  Anonymous

The reason people favor this is because the message out there is that "$1.4 billion has been raided from the transportation fund", while the rest of the truth is that at the same time, $1.7 billion has been diverted from general revenue to transportation, mostly in the form of borrowing during the Doyle years.

The other non-rebutted myth that exists is that there is even a remote chance that this amendment will make sure there is enough money to fund transit, and other alternative transportation projects. The problem is that the Republicans are already planning to rip transit out of the transportation fund. If the transportation fund was set up to protect transportation spending, then taking something out my implication, means de-protecting it.

So yes, as written with no background, the amendment appears to be common sense.

http://www.forwardlookout.com/2014/10/worth-a-constitutional-amendment/21956

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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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