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The Hop: Federal monies create a ‘financial anvil’ for Milwaukee

As streetcar ridership and funding dwindle, alderman warns of long-term fiscal burden
By Mark Lisheron
November 23, 2020

Less driving, less tax revenue

Highway funding, which relies on the gas tax, will be hard hit as fuel sales decline
By Robert W. Poole Jr.
April 14, 2020

Why are Wisconsin's highways in the bottom third nationwide?

Poor pavement condition and high spending mean the state isn't getting top value from its highway dollars.
By Robert W. Poole Jr.
September 4, 2019

Misconceptions on tolling's potential

Wisconsin needs to face the reality of declining fuel-tax revenue and transition to per-mile charges
By Robert W. Poole Jr.
July 11, 2019

Transportation system of the future

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation now has the opportunity to study tolling as a path forward to fix our crumbling infrastructure.
By David Fladeboe
June 27, 2019

Reforming Paratransit

A better way to help the disabled get to work
By Baruch Feigenbaum
June 2019

Overall tax reform in Wisconsin depends on the sales tax

Department of Revenue's guidelines on taxing ice cream cakes illustrate the absurd complexity of state's sales tax system.
By Jay Miller
April 25, 2019

Transportation Funding Dilemma

A primer on Wisconsin's unsustainable transportation revenues
By Dale Knapp
April 2019

Transportation needs and funding

Wisconsin has a transportation funding dilemma. How did it occur, and how can we fix it? Dale Knapp, director of Forward Analytics, and Robert W. Poole Jr., director of transportation policy at the Reason Foundation, discuss growing expenditures, shrinking revenues and tolling solutions. Their presentation was delivered at the Badger Institute’s Policy Symposium.
February 20, 2019

A green light for fixing Wisconsin's Interstates

Bipartisan legislative support for a tolling study likely exists and is validated by two major reports.
By Robert W. Poole Jr.
January 23, 2019

Tolling is the only realistic solution to transportation funding dilemma

Wisconsin ranks 38th in the latest state highway systems report.
By Robert W. Poole Jr. and Mike Nichols
February 13, 2018

Look down the road in transportation funding debate

Right now, three major sources of revenue — the state gas tax, the federal government and bonding — are problematic and unsustainable.
By Mike Nichols
July 19, 2017

Wisconsin should act now on Interstate tolling

Wisconsin needs to solve its highway funding shortfall, and toll-financed Interstate modernization is a powerful tool for doing so.
By Robert W. Poole Jr.
April 12, 2017

Milwaukee streetcar operations not fully funded

The predicament in which the city finds itself is the result of letting the prospect of “free” federal money determine local policy.
By Dan Benson
August 9, 2016

Ridesharing helps curb drunken driving

There is evidence that some inebriated Wisconsinites are starting to make better decisions due to the increasing availability of ridesharing.
By Zack Vrana
May 12, 2016

An unlikely alliance to connect Milwaukee job-seekers to employers

The Joseph Project addresses regional employment challenges with a free-market approach.
By Michael Jahr
May 4, 2016

It’s Time to Toll

Wisconsinites need to get used to the idea of electronic tolls on our freeways. It’s a free-market solution to an overwhelming problem: lack of cash to pay for modestly modern highways.
Mike Nichols - November 24, 2014

Rebuilding and Modernizing Wisconsin's Interstates with Toll Financing

Based on a 30-year program of reconstruction and assuming moderate toll rates comparable to those on other toll road systems, the study estimates that the entire rural Interstate program could be financed by toll revenue bonds.
By Robert Poole Jr.
October 2011

The Wisconsin State Highway System: Needs and Resources 2011-2020

Study assesses the condition and 10-year needs of Wisconsin's State Highway System. It estimates the costs of addressing deficiencies, adding new or expanded facilities, bringing the system up to prudent standards, maintenance and administration.
By David T. Hartgen, Ph.D., P.E., M. Gregory Fields, and Elizabeth San Jose
May 2011

Rebuilding the Marquette Interchange Via a Public-Private Partnership

Over the next several years, there may be no more important issue in Wisconsin than the rebuilding of the Marquette Interchange
By Robert Poole, Jr. and Kevin Soucie
December 2002

Light Rail in Milwaukee

Is light rail the answer to metropolitan Milwaukee's traffic problems?
By Wendell Cox
March 1998

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