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.
An email from Walker’s Deputy Chief of Staff, Timothy Russell, sent shortly after the tragedy reads: “Where is SKW (Scott Walker)? This is going to be a problem, whether we did (or... [WITI-TV, 02/19/2014]
Gov. Scott Walker worked simultaneously with his campaign staff and county aides in coordinating responses to media inquiries, open records requests and news stories about the 2010 O’Donnell Park tragedy, according to... [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013]
Gov. Scott Walker said Tuesday that his top campaign staffers began advising and directing his Milwaukee County aides on their response to the 2010 O’Donnell Park tragedy because Walker’s political foes were... [Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 07/30/2013]
Walker signed into law $9.6 million in cuts to mass transit operating expenses for the biennium. The cuts have the biggest impact on the Milwaukee and Madison transit systems ($5,576,500 and $1,465,200... [2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011]
In the budget, Walker signed into law a provision that allows the Department of Transportation to take money from other major projects funded through major highway development, state highway rehabilitation, and southeast... [2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011]
Walker signed into law $27.5 million in cuts to transportation aid to local governments for maintenance of local roads. (2011-13 Executive Budget Comparative Summary, Department of Transportation, page 666; 2011 Assembly Bill... [2011 WI Act 32, 06/26/2011]
Thursday, President Obama officially withdrew $810 million from Wisconsin and announced he will re-allocate it to other states…Supporters said the project would create thousands of construction jobs and create an economic boom... [WMTV-TV, 12/15/2010]
MADISON, Wis. — One Wisconsin Now delivered the names of over 7,000 Wisconsinites from every corner of the state to the office of Gov.-elect Scott Walker who signed One Wisconsin Now’s “Save... [One Wisconsin Now, 12/02/2010]
Over 7,000 Wisconsin supporters of high speed rail have signed One Wisconsin Now’s petition calling to “Save the Train” and called for Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker to drop his opposition to the high speed rail project, which will create thousands of Wisconsin jobs and increase the state’s ability to attract new business and commerce. [One Wisconsin Now, 11/18/2010]
MADISON, Wis. — The overwhelming benefits of high speed rail set for Wisconsin, including 13,000 new jobs, billions of dollars in benefits and reduced dependence on foreign oil, are the subject of... [One Wisconsin Now, 10/13/2010]
Scott Walker’s hollow criticism of the Talgo bidding process, which was not awarded to the company of his $13,000 donor and 2006 gubernatorial co-chair, is even more hypocritical given that Walker voted to create the no-bid statute in the 1997 state budget. [One Wisconsin Now, 03/17/2010]
MADISON, Wis. — Milwaukee County Executive Scott Walker’s criticism related to the Talgo company comes just two weeks after the company owned by a top Walker campaign donor and finance co-chair of... [One Wisconsin Now, 03/16/2010]
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“Milwaukee Supervisor John Weishan also charges that Walker has drained funds that should have gone to maintaining the county’s infrastructure to instead maintain his pledge never to raise property taxes. ‘He’s looted... [Isthmus, 11/20/2009]
“Recently, after the county workers’ union accepted a two-year wage freeze in exchange for no layoffs, Walker outlined a budget calling for 3% pay cuts, furloughs, pension and health-benefit cutbacks, and replacing... [Isthmus, 11/20/2009]
“County Executive Scott Walker is pleased to announce that the Milwaukee County Behavioral Health Division-Wraparound Milwaukee program, in partnership with the Wisconsin Department of Health and Family Services, was notified that it... [Milwaukee County Executive, 09/16/2009]
“While the board’s override of the veto establishes the county is in favor of using stimulus money, County Supervisor Patricia Jursik said she is concerned Walker will delay efforts to research and... [Daily Reporter, 04/01/2009]
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