Tuesday, August 25, 2009

WisDOT budget shortfall? You're KIDDDDING

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is running into a budget shortfall when people are driving less, the country is in a deep recession and the agency is still enamored of magic budgeting. (That's when WisDOT overschedules huge, massively expensive road projects and then collectively closes its eyes and just wishes, wishes real hard that the money to pay for them will somehow just appear.)

The road lobbyists are all pretending that the $49.1 million shortfall signals some fundamental flaw with the state's transportation funding method and that even more money should be picked from taxpayers' pockets and forked over to the road construction firms that will show their gratitude by funneling some of that money into campaign fund accounts or, in as was the case with Gov. Doyle, into his inauguration party fund.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

WisIDIOT kannot spel

From the Wausau Herald:

Highway sign for Business Highway 51 in Rothschild, Schofield misspells every word but ‘exit,’ Wisconsin Department of Transportation points to company named Decker

Wausau Daily Herald

A sign pointing southbound travelers onto Business Highway 51 in Rothschild and Schofield bears an incorrect spelling for every word except “exit.”

David Vieth, director of the bureau of highway operations for the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, said the mistake was made by Decker Supply Company of Madison, which printed the sign.

The sign for exit 185 on southbound Highway 51 reads “Buisness 51 Rothschield Schofeild.”

“How do I politely say it shows some incompetence on someone’s part?” said Rothschild Village President Neal Torney.

Highway organization funding dwarfs transit

From our friends at streetsblog.com:

The American Association of State and Highway Transportation Officials, or AASHTO, is the road lobby's leading voice, reporting more than $53 million in annual revenue on its most recent publicly available Internal Revenue Service (IRS) filing.

The American Public Transportation Association (APTA), which represents local transit agencies as well as companies involved in transit networks, reported $21 million in annual revenue in its most recent IRS filing.

Highways have a better than 2-to1 funding advantage over transit even for their respective national organizations!