Act Now to Support the Workplace Mobility Act and
Restore Funding for Public Transportation
January 30, 2012
State budget cuts to public transportation are starting to affect people with disabilities and older adults. The Legislature cut public transportation services by 10% in the 2011 – 2013 State budget. Now counties and municipalities throughout the state are reducing services and/ or increasing fares.
Public transportation services are very important to people with disabilities and seniors as many do not drive because of their disability, frailties of aging or the expense of owning a car. Reduced funding for public transportation may mean a person with a disability cannot get to work or a caregiver does not have transportation to get to someone’s home and provide needed services. When public transportation services are cut, the independence of people with disabilities and seniors and their ability to live productive lives in the community is at risk.
New Legislation May Help!
Legislators have introduced the Workforce Mobility Act which would restore the 10% cut in funding for public transportation, and help people with disabilities and many others get to work. Legislators are being asked to sign on as co-sponsors.
The Legislative Fiscal Bureau says the needed funds are available in the transportation fund. This bill will use approximately $9.6 million of the $32.9 million balance in the fund to restore the funding for the transportation people need to get to jobs.
Action Requested – ACT BY FEBRUARY 3!
Contact your state legislators today and ask them to co-sponsor LRB 3760/1 (Senate) and LRB 3899/1 (Assembly). The deadline for co-sponsor ship is this Friday February 3 at 12 noon.
Suggested Message which you can personalize with your story:
Dear Representative _______/ Senator ___________,
I am writing to you as a constituent to ask you to co-sponsor the Workforce Mobility Act: LRB 3760/1 in the Senate/ LRB 3899/1 in the Assembly.
This bill will restore the 10% cut in funding for public transportation, and help people with disabilities, older adults and many others get to work and maintain their independence. Public transportation is very important to people with disabilities and seniors as many do not drive because of their disability, mobility concerns, or the expense of owning a car. Reductions in public transportation may mean a person with a disability cannot get to work or a caregiver does not have transportation to provide needed services.
Please contact Senator King’s office or Representative Pasch’s office by noon on February 3rd to sign on. Thank you!
Sign with your full name and home address
Who to Contact:
Contact your state senator and assembly representative
Milwaukee Area legislators are listed below.
If you do not know who your state legislators are, call the Legislative Hotline at 800–362–9472 or see “Who Are My Legislators?” at http://www.legis.wisconsin.gov/w3asp/waml/waml.aspx
Contact Governor Walker at Governor Scott Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org (608) 266–1212
Milwaukee Area State Representatives
Mail to: PO Box 8952 (Reps A-L) PO Box 8953 (Reps M-Z) Madison, WI 53708
Milwaukee Area State Senators
Mail Senate correspondence to P.O. Box 7882, Madison, WI 53707–7882
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