RTA Will Be a Last Minute Decision
The vote on the future of regional transit that was scheduled for a Tuesday vote the Wisconsin State Assembly didn’t actually happen, but a lot of small actions leading up to it did. Starting at 3:43 A.M. on Wednesday, April 21st, the Wisconsin State Assembly finally reached AB282 (which was intentionally moved to the end of their agenda around midnight when they started the session). The Assembly took up consideration of 18 amendments, most of which were tabled in motions led by bill supporter Rep. Peter Barca (D-Kenosha). The sponsor of the tabled motions? Rep. Robin Vos (R-Caledonia), who has attempted to tack on amendments to derail a regional transit authority at every step of the way (starting with the Joint Finance Committee and the Governor’s budget proposal). Vos argued for amendment after amendment, only to see them repeatedly tabled. The amendments ranged from allowing SERTA funds to be used for highway construction to requiring a drastic increase in the number of required votes (one for each county instead of the SERTA board) for SERTA to use its bonding authority already granted by the state.
The Assembly will take up the bill again Thursday, the last scheduled day of their session before the November elections. Assuming the bill passes out of the Assembly, the Senate would also take up the bill that day.