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Spring at the Capitol:  Flowers have begun blooming at the capitol...

This April at the Capitol:  One of the privileges of being a state representative is the opportunity to greet constituents when they visit the capitol...

Highway Program Audit:  Back in late January, the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its analysis of the state highway program...

SPRING AT THE CAPITOL
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This April At The Capitol

One of the privileges of being a state representative is the opportunity to greet constituents when they visit the capitol! Stop by my office if you’re ever here.

Whitnall 40517 1.jpgRep. Allen with Mr. Van Buren and his sociology students in the Assembly Chamber

 

Carroll College.jpgRepresentative Allen with Student Teachers from Carroll University

 

UW Waukesha Projects.jpgUW Waukesha Students show Representative Allen their research projects

Schedule a tour of the capitol or reserve the rotunda for your event by contacting Capitol Tours at 608-261-7002, or by visiting the Tour Desk.

Highway Program Audit

Back in late January, the Legislative Audit Bureau (LAB) released its analysis of the state highway program. The Joint Audit Committee received the 149-page report which detailed dozens of areas where the Department of Transportation failed to adhere to their own guidelines and failed to implement best practices, wasting tens of millions of taxpayer dollars.

DOT Audit.jpgGraph from the DOT Audit Report depicting how multiple bids bring lower costs.  

The State Highway Audit helped to shed light on only part of a much larger transportation funding problem. Some legislation has been introduced to help address the lack of consideration and fiscal responsivity that was found in the report. The Joint Legislative Audit Committee proposed 2017 AB 142/SB85, which would implement many of the recommended changes.  Also AB 107/SB 88, which I co-authored, limits the state’s authority to incur expenses and spend money for Milwaukee’s streetcar.  These bills have been referred to the Committee on Transportation in the Assembly.  

Two weeks ago I released a white paper, A Responsive Transportation Reform for Wisconsin. In it, I proposed an alternative funding mechanism for local road aids: Transportation District Block Grants.  I would love to learn your thoughts on this issue.

I am also actively working to garner support Fare Box Fairness bill that would help get more people transported for our transit investment.