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Doyle calls regional transit bill good compromise

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Gov. Jim Doyle says he thinks a bill before the state Assembly creating a regional transit system in southeast Wisconsin is a very good compromise.

The bill up for a vote Tuesday would allow Milwaukee County to levy up to a half-cent sales tax to help pay for commuter rail and bus service.

Even if the measure passes on Tuesday, it still must clear the Senate on Thursday and be signed by the governor before becoming law.

Doyle said he hopes to get a bill to sign and it would be a “tragedy” if southeast Wisconsin doesn’t get a so-called RTA.

The bill would create interim regional transit authorities in Ozaukee, Washington, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Racine, Kenosha, and Walworth counties. Another bill creates an RTA in the Fox Cities.

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  1. POLL: How would you vote on the proposed advisory transit referendum?
    Journal Times staff | Posted: Tuesday, April 13, 2010 6:00 am
    Should any new tax to support transit or rail services, such as a sales tax or local vehicle registration fee, be permitted in any part of Racine County?
    Yes 59% (339 votes)
    No 41% (238 votes)
    Total Votes: 577
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    Daily Reporter SURVEY:

    Do you welcome rail projects to Wisconsin?
    Yes 59% (158 votes)

    No 31% (84 votes)

    High speed, but not regional 4% (10 votes)

    Regional, but not high speed 6% (16 votes)

    Total Votes: 268

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