May 21 2013

Advocate for Transportation Funding Now

Posted by BPDD at 12:10 PM
- Categories: Advocacy | DAWN Alerts | Miscellaneous

Joint Finance Committee to meet Thursday
The Joint Finance Committee (JFC) will address transportation funding this Thursday. Now is the time to contact members of the committee and your legislators and ask them to make sure people with disabilities in Wisconsin have access to adequate public transportation.

Accessible and affordable transportation services are critical for people with disabilities to get to work, school, medical appointments, and to participate in the community. Unfortunately, transportation services remain at risk in Wisconsin. In the 2011-2012 State Budget, Transit Operating Aids received a 10% cut. Currently, JFC is considering moving funds from the segregated transportation fund into the general fund where they could be used for other budget items – not transportation.

If you are concerned about this issue, please contact JFC members and your legislators now and make the following asks:
1. Restore the 10% cut in Transit Operating Aids made during the 2011-2012 State Budget.
2. Keep transit funding in the segregated transportation fund to ensure that these funds are not in competition with funds for other services.
3. Increase funding for the Specialized Transportation Assistance Program for Older Adults and People with Disabilities by $5 million, over the biennium.

Thank you for advocating for accessible and affordable transportation in Wisconsin!



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