We received confirmation that the Joint Finance Committee will vote on the remaining transit provisions in the state budget THIS Thursday, May 26th.  These budget proposals, as described in our previous post, can only result in significant service cuts for transit that will cut people off from jobs and harm our economy.

At a recent 4th Street Forum, Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele and Mayor Tom Barrett discussed the detrimental impacts of the proposed state budget for the metro Milwaukee area.  As reported in this Milwaukee Journal Sentinel article, “Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele said business and academic leaders should stand together with county officials in opposing state aid cuts for the Milwaukee County Transit System.”

Let’s stand together with our elected officials and fight for transit!

Please take a few minutes to reach out and urge Joint Finance Committee members and your legislators to preserve transit – it is an important part of allowing everyone in our community to have the opportunity to work and lead productive, healthy lives!

The Joint Finance Committee can be contacted by email: BudgetComments@legis.wisconsin.gov
Contact your Assembly Representative and State Senator – find their information here.

Let them know you support transit and to:

  • Keep transit in the segregated Transportation Fund – transit IS transportation.
  • Oppose the 10% cut in State transit aids – as fuel prices increase local transit systems will be limited in making up this shortfall and still provide essential services.
  • Remove the provision that repeals existing Regional Transit Authorities (RTAs) – they do not have a fiscal impact and will help provide tools to local communities to better manage transit systems.

Visit our Facts Page for discussion points or scroll down for some links you may find helpful, in particular the Budget Papers prepared by the Legislative Fiscal Bureau.  We will keep you updated as the budget process moves along!

Moving Forward Together
The Coalition for Advancing Transit