Local communities, the federal government, and the State of Wisconsin work together to provide a diverse network of public transportation services to Wisconsin’s citizens. These governmental bodies are strong partners in the planning, financing and operating transit services. As part of this collaborative effort, public funding is used to support both operating and capital investments for urban and rural transportation systems. While there is some federal operating assistance, the state is the major contributor for operating assistance and federal funding supports the procurement of transit capital assets. The chart shows the average funding source percentages for Wisconsin’s transit systems operating expenses.
STATE BUDGET HEARINGS
The Joint Finance Committee will be holding in-person public hearings on the 2021-23 state budget as well as one virtual hearing. The hearing schedule includes:
· Wednesday, April 21, 2021 The Hodag Dome, Rhinelander, WI
· Thursday, April 22, 2021 UW-Stout, Menomonie, WI
· Wednesday, April 28, 2021 Virtual
The public hearings will begin at 10 am and conclude at 5 pm. The format will be similar to past hearings. Management at each of the venues will monitor capacity. Those wishing to testify at the virtual hearing will be required to register in advance, details to come on the registration process. A portal is available for individuals to provide input: www.legis.wisconsin.gov/topics/budgetcomments as well as an email address email@example.com .