A safe and reliable transportation system is necessary for the ability of Wisconsin businesses to remain competitive. Businesses rely on good roads to receive raw materials and ship finished products to the market. Unfortunately, Wisconsin has not been able to make necessary transportation improvements because of funding shortfalls.
Between 2003 and 2010 more than $1.3 billion was diverted from the transportation fund. The loss of this funding has prevented or delayed additional investment in needed upgrades to the Zoo Interchange, I-94, I-90 and Highway 41. There are additional engineering needs for 10 projects identified as vital infrastructure improvements by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
By passing SJR 4, we believe resources in the transportation fund will be better protected and used for their original purpose. In a series of advisory referenda, the voters in most counties spoke loud and clear in endorsing the preservation of the Transportation Fund’s integrity. WMC joins the voters in this call and urges your approval of SJR 4.