Gov. Scott Walker is all for transportation infrastructure as long as it’s about building roads and he doesn’t have to be responsible for finding a way to responsibly pay for it.
In his early years, he opposed a plan from fellow Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson to fund construction of Wisconsin roads by taxing big oil companies. Now he’s proposing to kick the can down the road with a massive borrowing plan to solve a crisis in transportation funding.
The short-sightedness of Walker’s transportation policy was on full display as he entered the Governor’s office by killing a high speed rail line, funded almost entirely with federal dollars, to connect the state’s two largest cities, Milwaukee and Madison, and further connect these state economic hubs to Minneapolis, Chicago and other Midwestern cities.