A couple numbers to think about.
Wisconsin’ education spending has dropped $1,014 per pupil since 2008, trailing only Alabama in spending decline as measured by dollars, according to the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. (Wisconsin’s 14.6% education spending decline ranked fifth in the nation).
Meanwhile, the state transportation fund siphoned $970 million away from the general fund over roughly the same time period, from the 2007-2009 through the 2003-2015 bienniums, according to the Legislative Fiscal Bureau. The general fund, of course, is the money the state uses to pay for things like education.
NOT just a coincidence. Expanding concrete before expanding minds. It’s the Wisconsin way.
There was a big meeting in Milwaukee last night about WisDOT’s plans to spend $1 billion or more it can’t afford to expand and elevate east-west I-94. Wisconsin Secretary of Transportation Mark Gottlieb was specifically invited to answer questions, but he was, alas, he was a no-show.
We’re not sure where he was, but perhaps Dorothy can help him find his courage, too. Oh, wait. He’d probably want to spend another billion or so to expand and elevate the yellow brick road.