The Milwaukee Press Club hosted a panel of experts at the Lake Express Ferry Terminal on January 11 to tackle the hot topic issue of how to fund Wisconsin's transportation system and what the future holds for taxpayers.
MMAC's Steve Baas, Senior VP of Governmental Affairs along with Todd Berry, Wisconsin Taxpayers Alliance; Bill Johnsen, formerly of the Urban Economic Development Association; John Nygren, State Rep. and co-chair of the Joint Finance Committee; and Ken Yunker, SEWRPC, faced a panel of journalists to answer questions and share thoughts about current problems and possible solutions
Wisconsin’s transportation issue in not merely a political, it is an economic issue as well. The Transportation Development Association found that Wisconsin roads rank 3rd worst in the nation with 56% of Milwaukee roads classified as ‘mediocre/poor.’ Steve Baas identified three areas that he hopes policy and lawmakers will keep in mind when meeting the state’s transportation challenges in the upcoming budget:
“Providing a temporary patch in this budget and kicking the can down the road for a comprehensive solution ultimately drives up costs and creates uncertainty,” said Baas.
>> Watch the event on Wisconsin Eye.
Chad Cundiff has been president of Astronautics Corporation of America since 2013. He is responsible for the development and execution of long-term business strategies and all day-to-day operations of the company. Prior to joining Astronautics, he led strategy and business development for UTC Aerospace Systems.
Before this, he was at Honeywell Aerospace for over 15 years where he served in positions of increasing responsibility including vice president of Crew Interface Products, responsible for Honeywell’s display, terrain warning, and flight management systems. He began his career as an engineer with The Boeing Company developing the Boeing 777 airplane. His career has included assignments in flight test, engineering, program management, sales, marketing, and business leadership.
He serves on the board of directors for Astronautics, the General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA), and Junior Achievement of Wisconsin.
Cundiff holds a Bachelor of Science in Engineering from the University of Kansas, a Master of Science degree in Aeronautical Engineering from the University of Washington, and an MBA from the University of Missouri. He has been awarded two patents and is an instrument-rated pilot.
By Tim Sheehy, MMAC President
As we look ahead at the priorities for the MMAC, it's worth taking stock of the current metro Milwaukee balance sheet from a business perspective.
On the asset side, Metro Milwaukee has a solid foundation: a concentration of global corporate headquarters; an enviable footprint of next generation manufacturing; industry diversification that spans financial services to water technologies; and a workforce recognized for its ingenuity and productivity. In addition, we boast some of the best health care in the world, outstanding educational institutions at all levels and a quality of life that is accessible and exceptional.
By Steve Baas – MMAC Senior VP of Governmental Affairs
The state of Wisconsin is in the midst of a long overdue discussion over how to create a sufficient and sustainable long-term revenue stream for the state Transportation Fund. It is a debate that is coming to a head as transportation needs and funding in Wisconsin reach a critical point.
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