Vote to protect transportation fund on Nov. 4

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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So have we finally found the one issue that we can all support on its merits as a straightforward, pragmatic solution to a problem? Is it possible that we can still come together on real-life issues like the viability of our roads, bridges, and buses without viewing them through our ideological lenses?

On Nov. 5, we will know the answer for certain. Right now, I am actually feeling optimistic on that front. Next up … finding peace in the Middle East.

For now, take a moment to check out the eighth in our series of the Big Ten Transportation Truths, wherein we answer the question “why does transportation matter?” Because you should get what you pay for.

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