Doyle’s transit plan sufaces at last (and a rant about TABOR)


’bout time. Make no mistake: we voted for it, and we need it.

Also, huge kudos to By Larry Sandler of the Journal Sentinel! Look at this line near the end of the story:

“…Rep. Robin Vos (R-Caledonia), a KRM opponent who had insisted on referendums for new taxes, blasted the bill. Vos claimed the bill’s new taxes would go to commuter rail; in fact, those taxes would go to buses, not trains.

Emphasis added. But look at that—fact checking! Bravo, good sir, bravo!

Also, note that both Vos and Milwaukee County director of government-drowning-in-a-bathtub have said there should be referendums for new taxes. That is a dog whistle. They’re saying we should implement TABOR in Wisconsin. That idea has had a longer afterlife than a zombie in a George Romero film! My old newspaper The Wisconsinite had a cover story on Tommy Thompson’s role in attempting to bring TABOR to Wisconsin entitled “Dr. No and the Spectre of A.L.E.C.” Like Thompson’s vaunted W-2 program, TABOR was imported to Wisconsin via A.L.E.C., a group that is not worth discussing at this time.

The blog Helada summarizes TABOR quite well:

TABOR arbitrarily caps “increases in state spending based on only two factors — population growth and the consumer price index.” Last November, Colorado residents voted to suspend TABOR, recognizing the disastrous economic and social impacts it had wrought on the state.”

We can expect to see TABOR creeping up again soon, especially if Republicans succeed in taking over state legislatures.

The political swings make sense to me. We needed a hard swing away from the disastrous domestic and foreign policies of George W. Bush. President Obama was left with a steaming pile of shit served on a plate of refried elephant dung. A slight swing to the right will probably occur, as no one in this damn country seems to have a right mind about what we somehow survived or how badly it could have gone. (Correction: how much worse.)

I can tell the economy is improving, though. I just had an interview today. Many people will be hired for this position. Hopefully I will be one of them.

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.