Taxpayers Taken for a Ride

Video shows how The Hop fleeces taxpayers while the Joseph Project creates them

CONTACT: Michael Jahr, Badger Institute Senior Vice President, 262-442-5208 or

The Hop, a $128 million streetcar that travels a 2.1-mile loop in downtown Milwaukee, is a classic boondoggle made possible by federal grants (i.e., taxpayer money). Meanwhile, the Joseph Project, a Milwaukee transportation enterprise that rejects government funding, is helping central city residents secure good-paying manufacturing jobs in neighboring counties. With a small fleet of church vans (most of them donated), the Joseph Project creates taxpayers instead of fleecing them. Watch the video here.

To learn more about how federal grants distort local decision-making, drive up costs, create bureaucracy and blur the lines of federalism, check out the Badger Institute book "Federal Grant$tanding" or President Mike Nichols’ article "Fouling Up Federalism."