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with Debby Jackson

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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09/05/13

These industries want their taxes hiked to pay for vital infrastructure; why won’t Congress act?

Those of you who claim to have “better” things to do with your Sunday evenings in the fall than watch ESPN GameNight may be unfamiliar with a segment called “C’mon Man!” It is a lighthearted bit where the co-hosts pick video clips of inexcusable mistakes or something silly and make their point at the end by uttering the phrase “c’mon, man!” Check out an example here.

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07/25/13

No fat cats in these planes: Demonizing ‘corporate’ jets is counterproductive and unfair

Bad optics. That is the en vogue way to describe the scene in 2008 when Americans feared an economic meltdown and the CEOs of Chrysler, GM, and Ford arrived in D.C. on their respective companies’ corporate jets to advocate for a taxpayer bailout. In these days of the 24-hour news cycle, not much gets missed, and “optics,” especially “bad optics,” can gain a life of its own. I am sure Rick Wagoner of GM, Alan Mulally of Ford, and Robert Nardelli of Chrysler never contemplated for a nanosecond that their method of arrival to testify before Congress would become such a lightning rod. But it did.

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07/01/13

Seeing orange: A fresh perspective on those pesky barrels

Summer has arrived. This is not a time for serious introspection or analysis. And you certainly will not find it in this blog post. Summer is a time for all things frivolous and fun, right? The kids are home from school. That’s fun, right? Right? Mosquitos are out in full force. The Brewers are … well … trying their best. Those old familiar orange barrels are back out lining our streets and highways. Wait a minute. This isn’t sounding fun or frivolous at all, is it?

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06/03/13

Let’s put the horse back before the cart when it comes to transportation investment

Jobs, jobs, jobs. That has been the mantra of every politician of every political persuasion ever since the Great Recession began. The jobs Holy Grail has led both office-seekers and interest groups to try to quantify exactly how many jobs will be directly created if a certain industry receives funding or a policy initiative is adopted.

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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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