Ald. Bob Donovan
Press Release

Mayor needs to put our money (streetcar) where his words are

I see that our mayor has his hands out, asking Governor Walker to hand over some of the state surplus to fix Milwaukee’s crumbling roads.

By - Feb 14th, 2014 11:02 am

I see that our mayor has his hands out, asking Governor Walker to hand over some of the state surplus to fix Milwaukee’s crumbling roads.

In my view, this as just another reactionary move from our mayor – something we’ve sadly seen so many times before.

I agree, certainly, that our city streets are in dire need of repair and maintenance. But Mr. Mayor, instead of looking for what can be called a handout, why not make a strategic move that could signal to the Governor that you are serious about a possible partnership that could bring significant resources to the city – something that puts city “skin” in the game?

If the mayor was thinking ahead, he would do what I have been calling on him to do for some time: Reallocate the funding for the streetcar project.

The reallocation of the streetcar funding could be accomplished if the mayor, the Governor and the county executive all sign off on it. The money could then be used to fix streets and provide funding for bus system upgrades (or for some other form of transportation) that can link inner city unemployed with jobs that are located outside the city limits.

Moving to reallocate the streetcar funding will demonstrate clearly to the Governor that Milwaukee is open to partnerships with the state to help improve the quality of life in the city.

The mayor must make the first moves to seek reallocation of the streetcar funding NOW; then and only then should the state throw surplus money at the city for street repair work.

With an overwhelming majority of Milwaukeeans already opposed to the streetcar boondoggle and demanding jobs and better roads, I see this (reallocation and partnership with state) as a win-win opportunity for the city.

Mentioned in This Press Release

Recent Press Releases by Ald. Bob Donovan - Page 4

Final session in series of special Public Safety Committee meetings set for Monday

The effort is part of a larger Common Council initiative to engage community members, civic leaders and police in combatting the epidemic of criminal activity in the City of Milwaukee.

Cops: The domestic guardians of our great democracy

Statement of Alderman Bob Donovan July 8, 2016

Citizens still not protected by the system

Corrected/revised statement from Alderman Bob Donovan June 16, 2016

County’s defensive reaction to committee testimony disappointing

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan June 7, 2016

Time to reopen Ethan Allen

Alderman Donovan: “Why it was closed in the first place is beyond me”

Let’s get to the root of the problem

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 20, 2016

Offer of police substation laudable, but real problem remains scarcity of cops

Administration continues to pursue “magic bullets” that don’t exist

Milwaukee needs all hands on deck

Statement from Alderman Bob Donovan May 6, 2016

Ald. Bob Donovan

Ald. Donovan to help dedicate memorial tree for late MPD officer

“As the longtime community liaison officer in District Six, Mark knew everyone and was well loved by businesses and residents in the community he served.”

Milwaukee auto theft epidemic out of control, sparking “street justice”

Ald. Donovan to hold Thursday news conference on near south side

Ald. Bob Donovan

Important New App Information from Alderman Bob Donovan

Milwaukee youth now have access to more than 200 after school programs and services at their fingertips

Skyrocketing auto thefts a symptom of larger issues

Ald. Donovan blames officer shortage, no pursuit policy and lenient courts

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *