Electric buses, asphalt and bridges: Politicians jostle for federal transportation cash

By: and - May 24, 2021 7:00 am
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WASHINGTON — The nearly $1 billion that U.S. Rep. Garret Graves is seeking through Congress’ revamped earmarks process isn’t a typo. 

U.S. Rep. Gwen Moore (D-Milwaukee) is also asking for more than $19 million for projects in her district. Projects include $4.2 million for Vliet Street resurfacing between North 12th Street and North 27th Street in Milwaukee, $4 million to replace aging buses with newer, more energy-efficient buses, $2.5 million for video surveillance and other safety measures for the Milwaukee County Transit System, and $4.5 million to reconstruct Silver Spring Drive in Glendale.

There were no requests listed for Wisconsin’s other House members, although both Republican Rep. Scott Fitzgerald and Democratic Rep. Ron Kind made Community Project Funding (CPF) requests for projects in their districts. (Each Member of Congress was allowed to submit 10 CPF requests for fiscal year 2022).  Fitzgerald requested $400,000 for the Children’s Hospital & Health System Inc. in Wauwatosa for the purchase of a new flow cytomenter for the hospital lab, and $530,000 for a new water flow control station for the Waukesha Water Utility.

Kind requested $15 million for a county-wide broadband fiber optic loop in Grant County, $2 million to relocate the electrical substation and generator powerhouse after they were flooded in La Farge, $7.2 million to reconstruct the levee in Eau Claire, and additional projects including $8 million for a new fire station in Platteville.

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Laura Olson
Laura Olson

Laura covers the nation's capital as a senior reporter for States Newsroom, a network of nonprofit outlets that includes Wisconsin Examiner. Her areas of coverage include politics and policy, lobbying, elections, and campaign finance.

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