This year’s Spring Election represents a significant opportunity for transit advocates to identify and support candidates that will take a leadership role on transit.

Transit keeps people working – nearly HALF of all transit trips are for work purposes, with 35,000 people using transit to get to work or other job opportunities EVERY DAY in Milwaukee County alone.

C.A.T. and other partners believe that a long-term strategy must include the building of consensus and strong support for regional solutions to our transit challenges in southeast Wisconsin – County Executives, Supervisors, Mayors, Council Members and others are key to our success!

Many people rely on transit for work, school, to shop for food and to get to health care.  Keeping people employed, living independently and providing an educated workforce is essential to building a stable economy and reducing government costs.

VOTE ON TUESDAY APRIL 5th, 2011

Local electeds have a significant impact on our ability, as a Coalition and a Community, to implement the solutions we need to preserve, improve and enhance our local transit systems.

To look up your polling place and other information regarding Election Day, contact:

STATE BUDGET UPDATE

State budget bills AB 40 / SB 27 have serious problems for local transit. Its impacts are wide-reaching and long-term – driving up job losses and increasing workforce challenges for businesses.  This will undermine Wisconsin’s economic recovery.   Wisconsin needs a budget that supports our local transit systems, which are a vital, daily link for thousands of people in our community.

What can you do?  TAKE ACTION – Wisconsin’s future is at stake.

  1. Attend the Joint Finance Committee Budget Hearing on April 11. Tell them your story and why you support transit.  Held from 10 AM – 6 PM at Wisconsin State Fair Park in the Expo Center, Hall A.  Located at 8200 W. Greenfield Ave., West Allis, WI  53214 (Enter Gate 4 for parking).

  2. Submit your comments to the Joint Finance Committee as soon as possible or by April 15.  Email to BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov, or send via U.S. Mail to: Joe Malkasian, Room 305 East, State Capitol, Madison, WI 53702.

  3. Contact your State Legislators and let them know your concerns.  Visit our new page, “Contacting Elected Officials” for assistance.

Click here to access our State Budget Action Alert Handout, where you’ll find links to legislators and key facts about the transit issue for SE WI.

Stay tuned for more information later this week about next Monday’s Joint Finance Committee hearing!

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