The battle for money and jobs already is being fought at the state level. Wisconsin’s three budget cycles saw money moved from transportation to support general programs, and the state’s Road to the Future Committee in 2007 said the cost to maintain Wisconsin’s roads will run almost $700 million.
Transportation officials were encouraged when transportation got more money in the state’s 2007-09 budget, and McGowan said he thinks the road builders’ message is finally being heard at the state level.
“I’ve seen an awareness (in the state Legislature) that I’ve never seen before,” he said. “People are really starting to understand our needs.”
But no sooner is hope found at the state level then it’s lost in Washington, D.C.
“And as far as the federal government goes,” McGowan said. “I have no faith.”
Hope was found on the state level????
Not even a month before this article was written, the governor, with the help of some state legislators swiped millions more dollars from the transportation fund and NOW they are worried. This would not be a problem if the Governor had not swiped over a BILLION dollars in the last few years.