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Monday, February 15, 2010

Clean Energy Jobs bill would lower property taxes

From a news release issued by 1000 Friends
of Wisconsin:


Local property taxes would go down according to testimony given on Wednesday [February 10] by 100 Friends of Wisconsin.

“The demand-side provisions of the the transporation policies included in the Clean Energy Jobs legislation would drive down the costs of building and maintaining the transportation infrastructure," according to
Steve Hiniker, Executive Director of 100 Friends of Wisconsin.

Hiniker provided testimony at Wedneday's Senate Select Committee on Clean Energy hearing on the Clean Energy Jobs Act. The hearing focused on transportation and agricultural policies contained in the bill. 1000 Friends testimony focused on demand-side transportation policies that reduce the demand for driving a single occupant vehicle.

“The bill calls for simple strategies to significantly reduce teh costs of transportation facilities as well as reduce greenhouse gas emissions from automobiles. By focusing on infill development, enhancing transit options and eliminating subsidies for parking, communities canc tgive a hboost to the environment, make their communities better places to live and reduce taxes," Hiniker noted.

The following strategies were highlighted at the hearing:
• Development of a market-based pricing model for parking . . .
• Planning grants for compact development . . .
• Metropolitan Planning Organization reform . . .

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