Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Doyle's transpo budget:: highways dominate

From Gov. Doyle's Budget in Brief:

A $569 million increase for highway projects over two years. Local road aids, though, would be cut 1% in each year of the biennium. (Times are tough, but only for some.)

Some $22.1 million would be passed on to Milwaukee, Madison and Round Lake Beach for federally-eligible highway infrastructure projects.

The $100 million capital grant program designed to benefit the Southeastern Wisconsin Regional Transit Authority stays in the budget, but the Wisconsin Department of Transportation's recommendation for 3% annual increases in transit operating assistance is reduced to 2% in 2010 and 3% in 2011.

Doyle would give regional transit authorities in southeastern Wisconsin, Dane County and the Fox Valley the power to levy up to a 0.5% sales tax within their individual service areas. The RTAs also would be able to receive state and federal aid, issue bonds, and receive fare box revenues.

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