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WI State Legislature Joint Committee on Finance public hearings:

MILWAUKEE AREA:

Wednesday, March 25th 10:00AM – 4:00 PM

The Tommy Thompson Center, State Fair Park, Banquet Room #2, 640 S. 84th Street, West Allis, WI 53214

RACINE/KENOSHA AREA:

Monday, March 30th, 10:00 AM- 4:00 PM 

J.I. Case High School Theater, 7345 Washington Avenue, Racine

At these hearings, constituents and groups can give or pass along public testimony regarding budget issues. A large number of elected officials also attend.

We are asking CAT members and other transit supporters to join us at these hearings to show how important this issue is!

More importantly, we are asking CAT Members to contact Joint Finance Committee members before March 25th with a support / testimony letter to show your support for a permanent regional authority and dedicated funding for transit in SE WI. Talking points and contact information are listed below, but make sure you say WHY you as an individual or organization support transit! Please send a copy to Kristi at UEDA or cc: kristi@uedawi.org when you do so! We will collect these and pass them along to members on the day of the hearing.

Thank you all once again for your continued support and action on behalf of transit in SE WI…only TOGETHER can we “get moving!”

OVERALL GOAL: A permanent regional transit authority with a dedicated funding source will improve and enhance our current transit systems and create a dynamic, multimodal network in southeast Wisconsin. The time is NOW to ensure that this becomes a reality

CONTACT INFORMATION FOR ELECTED OFFICIALS:

  • Visit http://www.legis.state.wi.us/lfb/jfc.html to access contact information for members of the WI State Legislature Joint Committee on Finance.
  • Visit www.legis.wisconsin.gov and click on the “Who Represents Me?” link in the middle of the page to find your state legislators. After inputting your address, it will bring up their contact information.

TALKING POINTS
I am writing to urge your support for the establishment of a permanent regional transit authority in southeastern Wisconsin and a sales tax increase of 0.5% in Kenosha, Milwaukee and Racine counties to serve as a dedicated funding source for transit.

  •  A vibrant, modern transit system is a fundamental part of a successful and sustainable economy in the region.
  • A permanent regional transit authority in Southeast Wisconsin in 2009 is critical to providing regional coordination, creating a united voice to access local funding and federal investments, and advancing efficient regional linkages for jobs and economic growth.
  •  A dedicated funding source for transit is vital in 2009 to provide adequate, stable funding for transit and prevent significant cuts in service.
  • A dedicated 0.5% sales tax for transit will provide property tax relief by removing local transit costs from the property tax.

(We encourage you to add WHY you as an individual or organization support transit solutions for SE WI here)

Southeastern Wisconsin is far behind the curve in terms of mass transit and we need to get moving. In light of higher gas prices and challenging economic times, it is critical that this region has a strong transit system, so people can reliably travel to work and school to support their families. Now is the time to support a stronger transit system for Milwaukee County, and a broad system for southeastern Wisconsin.

Other statements you could make:

  • We want property tax relief
  • We want to remove transit from the property tax and implement a dedicated sales tax for transit so that visitors, vacationers and non-property owners can pay into our transit system.
  • A sales tax would increase with inflation and would grow with our transit needs.
  • We want to be able to get around the region, regardless of county line.
  •  There are many jobs in Milwaukee County that we currently cannot reach by bus.
  • We want a connection throughout southeastern Wisconsin and Northern Illinois to get us to jobs, entertainment and educational institutions.
  • We want a permanent governing authority dedicated to overseeing regional transit
  • We want a group dedicated to a regional approach to transit that will oversee and work with each individual county or municipality to create a transit system that benefits both each individual county or municipality and the region as a whole.
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