Friday, October 21st, 2016

My wife, the Lovely Doreen from Waukesha, recently purchased a low-mileage used car. She loves her car.  She’s afraid to park it at the front of parking lots because she doesn’t want people parking next to her. She hasn’t even learned all the features of her new car. And, as I explain over at the […]

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 […]

If you drive a car, I’ll tax the street, – George Harrison Taxman The final report is out, and the state DOT’s Wisconsin Transportation and Policy Commission is proposing over $600 million in additional taxes and fees annually. To put that in perspective, Governor Scott Walker’s proposed income tax cut is only $340 million over two […]

In case you haven’t heard, the state Department of Transportation wants to raise fees and taxes to pay for Wisconsin’s roads. They also want to go along for the ride everywhere you go. As I wrote for the MacIver Institute last week, The other night I was playing cards with some friends when I asked […]

Walker’s virtual second term He has a mandate for growth Waukesha Freeman, Page a6, Opinion, 1/17/13 On Tuesday, Governor Scott Walker gave what could be considered his second inaugural address. The “State of the State” address follows a year of tumult in Wisconsin, including multiple elections and even an unprecedented attempted recall of Walker. After […]

I realize that DOT Secretary Mark Gottlieb’s job was made tougher by the grabbing from the transportation fund by former Governor Jim Doyle, but Gottlieb needs to get his priorities straight. Whether he likes it or not, the Zoo Interchange needs to be replaced, and his boss, Governor Scott Walker, promised to make the Zoo […]

But will this billion dollar extra lane on this stretch of freeway make it easier for Assembly Speaker Mike Sheridan (D) to get from his home to his district? Print this entry

The only thing more frustrating than road construction in the Zoo Interchange is knowing that in a few years they are going to have to do the whole thing all over again. In this week’s article for the MacIver Institute, I write about the Zoo Interchange and how we got to the point where we […]

Publication:Waukesha Freeman (Conley); Date:Sep 24, 2009; Section:Opinion; Page Number:10A Hard at work Legislature busy with secondary issues The economy is in the tank. Wisconsin has lost 140,000 jobs since the recession began and unemployment is over 8.4 percent. The state treasurer’s office is a disaster area. The state crime lab can’t find 12,000 DNA samples […]

Dan Bice in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports the DOT is spending $85,000 to pat itself on the back. “The Marquette Interchange construction is completed,” says the announcer in the TV spot. “We’ve created a safe and easy-to-use interchange. And thanks to your cooperation, it’s done ahead of schedule and under budget. So take a […]