By Autumn Misko, Resource Specialist
Currently, the state budget is being worked on and there are many parts of the budget that will impact people with disabilities’ abilities to be independent.
Below, please find an action alert to inform people of the important actions they can take to ensure that there are reliable and affordable transportation options for people with disabilities in Wisconsin.
This week Thursday, April 4, is the Joint Committee on Finance Hearing at Greendale High School (details below). This meeting is an important time for the public to weigh in on the proposed budget. Please attend! If you have questions, please contact me, Autumn Misko, at email@example.com or at (414) 291-7520 (Voice/TTY).
Wisconsin Transit Crisis
Call to Action
The Governor’s proposed state budget will lead to significant cuts in public transit statewide. It is crucial to let your state legislators know the significance of transit to you, others who rely on public transit and to Wisconsin as a whole.
How can you help?
Share Your Story
Please print out and complete the story form – http://midwestadvocates.org/assets/resources/TELL_YOUR_TRANSIT_STORY_jan_13.pdf – and share why public transit is important to you. Then return the form to Community Response to the Transit Crisis c/o Midwest Environmental Advocates: firstname.lastname@example.org (preferable) or 612 W. Main St., #312 Madison, WI 53703.
Attend and Provide Testimony at the Joint Committee on Finance Hearings
Thursday, April 4th 10:00 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Greendale High School Auditorium
Greendale, WI 53129
Monday, April 8th 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Legends Club Room – 4th Level
Lambeau Field Atrium
1285 Lombardi Avenue
Green Bay, WI 54304
Wednesday, April 10th 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Crystal Grand Music Theatre
430 West Munroe Avenue (HWY 23)
Lake Delton, WI 53940
Thursday, April 18th 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Baldwin-Woodville High School Auditorium
1000 13th Avenue
Baldwin, WI 54002
Contact the Governor and Your State Representatives
Contact Governor Walker at email@example.com or (608) 266-1212 V/Relay.
Go to http://legis.wisconsin.gov/Pages/waml.aspx to locate your representatives.
Keep public transit in the segregated transportation fund
Public transit has been facing funding challenges and moving public transit out of the Transportation Fund would drastically complicate and worsen this situation. The segregated transportation fund provides a more stable funding stream for this vital service. Many people with disabilities, older adults and individuals with low incomes depend on public transit to get to work, medical appointments, school, etc. Moving public transit to the General Fund would make funding public transit even more difficult and unpredictable.
Restore the cut made to public transit state operating assistance
Public transit in Wisconsin will face further cuts to service if funding is not restored. Both fixed route and paratransit services will be impacted, which could result in people being unable to access transportation. Restoring this cut from the 2011-2013 State Budget would help to maintain current transit.
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