In his proposed 2011-2013 biennial budget, Republican Gov. Scott Walker has proposed cutting transit aid by ten percent, with much of that figure coming from Milwaukee County, which has the state’s largest transit system. As if that’s not bad enough news for Milwaukee County’s transit system, Republican State Rep. Robin Vos has come up with another way to screw over Milwaukee County’s transit system, as noted by Milwaukee County Executive Chris Abele in a letter to the Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee. In the letter, Abele urged lawmakers to reconsider Rep. Vos’ proposal to not only disband southeastern Wisconsin’s Regional Transit Authority, but that would also split the $1.27 million in its bank account evenly between Milwaukee, Racine, and Kenosha counties, citing the fact that the “vast majority of the funding was raised in Milwaukee County.”
Under Gov. Walker’s proposed cuts to transit, Milwaukee County’s transit system would see a loss of nearly $7 million in state funding, and under Rep. Vos’ proposal funds that could be used to close the funding gap due to the cuts proposed by Walker will instead be allocated to Racine and Kenosha counties, as noted by Abele.
“The proposal to split this money in thirds between three counties would needlessly divert Milwaukee County tax dollars to other areas when our transit system faces nearly $7 million in transit cuts in the next state budget,” Abele wrote to Vos and state Sen. Alberta Darling (R-River Hills). “I hope that an organization intended to foster cooperation will not be dissolved in such a way as to further penalize Milwaukee County taxpayers.”
Though he’s no longer Milwaukee County Executive, Scott Walker is still finding ways to screw over Milwaukee County, only now he’s got help from fellow Republicans like Robin Vos.