Sunday, September 7, 2008

The federal highway fund is broke

The Federal Highway Trust Fund is officially broke. President Bush wants an $8 billion bailout, but that money won't last long.

Wisconsin wants to spend $1.9 billion on reconstructing and needlessly expanding North-South I-94. State records show that the overwhelming majority of citizens who participated in the public input process opposed the expansion, but the state pushed ahead with it anyway. State records also show that the public input process was a bit of a sham, and that a WisDOT was consultant was drafting the document giving the federal go-ahead for the project even before the second of two public comment periods began.

We now have a situation of insufficient need for an expanded freeway, coupled with insufficient funding and a basically fraudulent public participation process. So why is this project moving forward?

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