October 22, 2014
A Constitutional Amendment Will Not Solve Transportation Problems
Senator Kathleen Vinehout
“Tell us about the Transportation Constitutional Amendment,” the Eau Claire man asked.
On November 4th people have the opportunity to vote on an amendment to the Wisconsin Constitution. The question, paraphrased, is: should money collected in gas tax and motor vehicle registration fees be kept in the Transportation Fund and used only for transportation purposes?
Proponents argue ‘Yes’. Money set aside for roads should be kept in the Transportation Fund. But nothing in state government is simple. And even if the amendment passes, problems funding roads are not solved.
People drive less and drive more efficient vehicles. Gas tax and motor vehicle registration funds aren’t keeping up with state spending on roads. Increasing debt payments for past spending takes a bigger bite every year.
At the same Eau Claire neighborhood conversation I was asked “Why are we voting on something that won’t solve the problem?”