Infrastructure


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Wisconsin’s Roads Need TLC and Lots Of Money. Biden’s Infrastructure Proposal Could Be a Lifeline.

Biden’s American Jobs Plan, which sets aside $621 billion for transportation, would be a shot in the arm, but long-term needs remain at the state level.

Left: A sewer line under construction along St. Paul Avenue in Milwaukee in 1920. Right: Victor Berger, co-founder of the Socialist Party of America, editor of the Milwaukee Leader, and the first Socialist elected to Congress. Lower: Construction of a Milwaukee sewer line in 1932. (Photos courtesy: Wisconsin Historical Society and Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District. Graphic by Morgaine Ford-Workman.)
Infrastructure Is Good Politics—Just Ask Milwaukee’s Sewer Socialists of 1904

Voters have a history of rewarding public officials who pay attention to long-neglected public needs.

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Baldwin Now Heads Senate Panel Key to Expanding Broadband Across Rural U.S.

Subgroup of the powerful Appropriations Committee helps coordinate all who are working to fill the gaps in service.

Rural Broadband Will Need Federal Help. Here’s What Trump Has Done and What Biden Proposes.
Report: One in Four Across Rural Wisconsin Still Lack Internet Speeds Needed for Today’s Economy

Legislature will be asked to do more as the pandemic requires more online time for work, school, and social contact.

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GOP Killing a Wisconsin Wage Law Didn’t Save Money, It Just Gave Construction CEOs a Raise

The 2017 repeal of prevailing wage rules resulted in fewer local contractors getting work, declining blue-collar wages, yet no savings for state government.

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Evers Will Use $5 Million in CARES Funds to Boost Wisconsin Internet Speeds

Federal funds will go toward the state’s Broadband Expansion Grant program.

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State Offers $3 Million for Small Kenosha Businesses But More Is Needed

Local businesses are still hurting, and many are just beginning to return to normal.