Sep 22, 201611:18 AMTransportation Matters
with Debby Jackson
For road projects we need to ask: If not now, when?
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Currently, state funding for local transportation is actually less than it was five years ago. Many local governments are on a replacement schedule of over 200 years for roads engineered to last 30 or 40.
The transportation budget Governor Walker is touting would provide some additional funds for local government, but in order to do so simply walks away from funding the rebuild of our interstate system.
Some have argued that this is simply living within our means. It is true that we should separate our wants from our needs. Remodeling your house is a want. Replacing your furnace hopefully is not. Surely, we can’t tell existing or prospective businesses that rebuilding the rest of Wisconsin’s interstate system is a want. That would be sad.
Come next spring when our state officials are debating the state budget we need to be able to answer a very basic question when it comes to finding a sustainable funding solution for transportation: If not now, when?
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