Wednesday, August 21st, 2019

Talk show host Jay Weber on WISN-AM discussed my MacIver Institute column this morning regarding the bill in the state assembly to allow sales taxes to go up in every county to be used for road repairs and building. You can listen to the podcast online. By the way, there is no way to defend this […]

The state Assembly is considering a bill this week to allow counties to raise the sales tax to pay for road improvements. Over at the MacIver Institute, I explain why this is a really bad idea. It blows past the wrong way sign on the road to higher taxes. In theory, the money would have […]

Each year I consult the magic martini shaker to make a list of predictions and then, because I’m a masochist, I revisit them at the end of the year to see how well I did. This year I did better than most. Any better, and TLC channel will offer me a reality television show as […]

Now that the mining bill is done and we begin to focus on the state budget, let’s check out the transportation budget jammed with broken heroes on a last chance power drive. Walker’s state transportation budget is a reversal of the budget under former Governor Jim Doyle. Under Doyle the state raided the transportation budget […]

The Milwaukee County Board is finally catching up to the rapid bus. When Walker proposed bus rapid transit for Milwaukee County (for reference sake, the current Brewers’ logo had just been unveiled), skeptics wondered if it was just an excuse to avoid supporting a light rail system like the city of Milwaukee wanted. Others, like […]

Another application for federal Race to the Top money, another humiliating defeat for Wisconsin. Unfortunately, while the legislature worried about team logos, other states worried about how to improve their applications for the Race to the Top program and passed real reforms. Wisconsin’s application was rejected again. Instead of competing as a finalist, Wisconsin again […]

Waukesha County Executive Dan Vrakas thinks the public has had enough of the raids of the transportation funds, and he’s pushing for an amendment to the state constitution to stop it “We are violating the faith and trust of the people who pay the gas tax,” he said, and then asked what people must think […]

My interview with Dick Leinenkugel in the Waukesha Freeman last week caught the attention of the Terrence Wall campaign and WISN’s Mark Belling (7:11 in). An e-mail from the Wall campaign yesterday: Dick Leinenkugel was a quick study under his old boss, Jim Doyle. It only took him 18 months to acquire Jim Doyle’s sense of […]

While some Democrats in southeastern Wisconsin and Governor Jim Doyle believe the future is in 19th century technology and building trains, Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan (D) sees a different future for transit from Madison to Illinois. He wants to widen I-39/90 from Madison to the Illinois state line. Sheridan, a Janesville Democrat, said rebuilding and […]

WISN’s Mark Belling endorsed Jeff Scrima because of Mayor Larry Nelson’s support for the RTA. Does anyone know Scrima’s actual position on the issue? Or is he still listening? Here’s another good question. If Mayor Larry Nelson loses to Jeff Scrima in conservative Waukesha in part because of the shoes he wears, will Dave Westlake […]