We can has KRM? Fer real?!

A LOL Cats-style headline seems quite appropriate, as my brain is still trying to wrap around some incredibly good news this morning.

KRM, a county RTA, and the 1% sales tax have passed the Joint Finance Committee. If it goes through, we’ll have dedicated property tax relief and funding for the parks, transit, and EMS.

It still hasn’t quite sunk in; the stuff I’ve been talking about for months and what I worked hard to get passed on the ballot back in November has passed a huge barrier and made it into the state budget!

Quoting Dan Cody:

“Overnight, the Legislature’s  voted to create a commuter rail authority in Milwaukee, Racine and Kenosha counties funded through a rental car fee.

“They also voted to allow Milwaukee County to impose a 1% sales tax that would allow the County to remove transit, parks, cultural programs and emergency medical services from the property tax levy.”

Now it goes before the state legislatur, and eventually the governor’s pen. We need to keep the pressure up to make sure what JFC passed goes through. As Chris Larson told me, we can celebrate for a moment, but “we can’t dance on the ten yard line.” And to use another tired sports saying, it ain’t over till it’s over.

Still, big thanks to everyone in the Quality of Life Alliance. We did it!

[Here’s Journal Sentinel’s story on it.]

Author: Jason Haas

Jason is an elected member of the Milwaukee County Board of Supervisors, occasionally moonlights as an amateur gardener, and is a proud father of two, or three, depending on how you do the math.