May 13, 2005
Welcome to Dumb Growth Wisconsin
I am not making up this story. Yesterday the Joint Finance Committee cut all planning grant funding for smart growth. You know, the program started "to create better planning to improve the environment" by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency; containing sprawl, forcing communities to plan for future growth instead of giving a blank check to developers, that sort of thing. The idea is for communities where people could walk to the stores. Sensible stuff.
Again, I am not making this up. Joint Finance then voted to repeal the smart growth comprehenesive planning law in its entirety. Yup! Voting against: Colon, Decker, Pocan, Taylor, Cowles, and Olsen.
The report did not say if the new Dumb Growth comprehensive plan passed. Further proof we need a People's Legislature, part time legislators, and public funding of campaigns.
This is embarassing not to mention environmentally disastrous. What has gone wrong? Hint: Developers contribute more money to campaigns than members of the Sierra Club or Clean Wisconsin.
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