Thank you. Senator Brad Pfaff for joining us for our first ever online Transit Talk. We look forward to working with you on building up public transportation in our area and region through the budget process and beyond. We know you will be a strong advocate for public transportation in your work with the State Legislature and the Governor. A recording of the session is available at this link (use password: uUuMGGE6 )
We mentioned some upcoming events. Here are the links:
March 27 from 9 a.m. to noon: WisARP meeting including discussion of second train and improvements to Empire Building in Wisconsin. More information and registration here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0uduCtrjktGdNwxx3OV8nvGextW3s2qIug (By the way, the October WisARP meeting is scheduled to be held in La Crosse. More details when they are available.)
Drift Bike Share is starting up in La Crosse on April 1. This bike-share program will help solve the "last mile" challenge connecting people taking public transportation to jobs, shopping, entertainment, and dining in the downtown area. More information here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1I9ezFk4RT7Mv85U3qngdBb5ceaZu2kje/view?usp=sharing
April 17 from 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.: Wisconsin Transit Riders Alliance meeting with program on Wisconsin Public Transit Rural and Urban. Register for the online event at http://tinyurl.com/WTRA-041721
Here are links Sen. Pfaff's office sent that have information about the Governor's budget with respect to public transportation:
Senator Pfaff talked about the importance of attending budget listening sessions to advocate for public transportation. Here are some sessions we know of. All are ONLINE.
March 22 at 4:30 p.m. Join Sen. Brad Pfaff, Rep. Jill Billings, and Rep. Steve Doyle for a Virtual Budget Listening Session! Register for the link at https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdZXq64c25ZwX2xJXl8TnXXOrwdv3x0AAGcO0WFHtJaZ3abeQ/viewform
March 30 at 6:00 p.m. Governor Evers will host a Badger Bounceback Budget Listening Session on Transportation and Infrastructure which will include break-out rooms with opportunities to give input directly to his staff. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZApdO2vrjooHdRZyvqWmUsW8WFqiAlBmPyI
April 21 at 6:00 p.m. Governor Evers will host a Badger Bounceback Budget Listening Session on Climate Change and the Environment which certainly is a reason to strengthen public transportation support and funding. Register here: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZ0pdeGqpjwiEt221fzsvTa7mXnGIQ43pjG_
April 28 at 10:00 a.m. The online hearing for the State Legislature's Joint Finance Committee about the budget. If you sign up to testify, you will have TWO MINUTES to make your point so you can be most effective by writing up your testimony in advance or at least noting three or four main points you want to cover. Your testimony will be most effective if it is respectful and from your own experience and heart. The registration link isn't up yet, but you can check this site for updates: https://legis.wisconsin.gov/topics/budgetcomments/virtual/ If the virtual hearing is like the in-person ones, people are called to testify in the order in which they register. There are some in-person hearings but the closest to La Crosse is in Menomonie.
For overall information about commenting on the budget, visit this resource page: https://legis.wisconsin.gov/topics/budgetcomments/helpful-links/
Check back for more information on testifying before the JFC and submitting online comments.
We had more questions than time. If yours wasn't asked, if you thought of a new one based on the program discussion, or if you'd like to provide more information about a topic, please email him at Sen.Pfaff@legis.wisconsin.gov
Thank you again, Senator Pfaff!