And what does Republican leadership think of Ellis's top priority?
Senate Majority Leader Scott Fitzgerald (R-Juneau). Will "wait to see if Ellis could come up with the votes to get his bill passed."
Assembly Speaker Robin Vos (R-Burlington). The "vocal opponent" or regional transit authorities sez "I'm still a pretty big skeptic."
Valley Transit's Q&A sheet on regional transit authorities.
Wisconsin RTA timeline.
May 4, 2011. Wisconsin State Journal headline: State budget committee recommends dissolving four regional transit authorities. The Joint Committee on Finance votes along parties lines -- 12 Republicans for, 4 Democrats against -- to add a provision in the 2011-13 state budget that eliminates regional authorities.
November 2009. Brief published by Legislative Reference Bureau. (Page 1 of 4)
July 25, 2009 Regional transit authority hits end of the line. (The Business Journal, 7/25/2009)
June 29, 2009. Governor wants single regional transit plan;budget vetoes send KRM scrambling. (Racine Post)
June 29, 2009. State budget bill creates regional transits authorities, specifically the Southeast Regional Transit Authority.
- (Link is to time line, reports, fact sheets, etc.)
- Minutes of 5/17/2010 meeting
Not just for urban areas of the state.
The long and intrusive arm of Wisconsin's Joint Finance Committee. (5/4/2011)
Appleton Mayor Mark Hanna on state support for a regional transit authority: "...and they even happen to be Republicans." (4/15/2011)