Watchdog Podcasts: In Our Backyards — Property taxes prop up mass transit

By   /  April 2, 2015  /  Florida, Podcast, transportation, Watchdog Radio  /  No Comments


By Ben Yount and Will Patrick | Watchdog Radio
This is “In Our Backyards,”’s podcast that examines local government — because the government that is the closest to you often can be the most important, even if you don’t hear much about it.
We’ll look at city councils, school boards and even water treatment authorities, because […]

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Hop aboard: Tampa Bay-area transit authority wants to raise property taxes

By   /  March 27, 2015  /  Florida, News  /  No Comments

Pinellas Suncoast Transit Authority

Despite sparse attendance, the details of a new transit plan will affect hundreds of thousands of taxpayers in a Tampa Bay-area county.

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#TBT: California’s transportation Monuments-to-Nowhere

By   /  February 5, 2015  /  Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

Photo from, Courtesy of Ray Spallone

A “Throwback Thursday” transportation funding embarrassment should serve as a lesson for Gov. Brown’s budgeting of high speed rail.

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Can high-speed rail funding be starved in CA?

By   /  January 22, 2015  /  Watchdog Arena  /  No Comments

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The Golden State’s costly high-speed rail project continues to gobble up funding, no matter how behind its fallen since its initial approval.

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Federal taxpayers on the hook big time for Milwaukee streetcar

By   /  January 21, 2015  /  News, Wisconsin  /  No Comments

City of Milwaukee project rendering

By M.D. Kittle | Wisconsin Reporter

MADISON, Wis. – It looks like Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has the votes for his desired downtown streetcar, but taxpayers outside the city’s limits will be stuck with nearly half of the bill for the proposed $124 million project’s first phase.

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Transit labor union: Congress should raise gasoline tax, spend money on us

By   /  January 15, 2015  /  Federal Government, National, News, State Government, Taxes, transportation  /  No Comments

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By Eric Boehm |
Low gas prices mean more cash in all consumers’ pockets.
But some members of Congress are talking about using the low gas prices as an opportunity to increase gasoline taxes, and at least one public-sector labor union boss thinks the extra cash should be in his members’ pockets instead.
“Given the recent dramatic […]

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