Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Walker now leaving rotting Car-Killed Deer on road sides, and it may get worse.

I drive around Dane County all the time as part of my other job, and recently noticed a major uptick in almost completely decomposed deer carcasses along our highways, like I-90 and Hwy 73 (pictured here). That's flat out neglect.


These aren't fresh kills either, since the carcass is sun baked and flat. A similarly unsightly decomposed deer was on the side of I-90, visible to everyone, when I came back to Madison.

This was Scott Walker's plan by design way back in April 2015:
Governor Scott Walker doesn't want the state to pay to remove deer carcasses along state highways, which means counties could have to foot the bill. Last year the DNR removed nearly 24,000 deer carcasses from state highways across Wisconsin.

The Governor's proposed budget eliminates$700,000 a year for the DNR to remove the carcasses statewide. Under the proposal, responsibility for clearing the deer would fall to whatever government agency is in charge of the roadway. Or they may be left uncollected. The nonpartisan Legislative Fiscal Bureau cautions, "dead and decaying deer on the roadside are unsightly ad can dampen Wisconsin's reputation as a tourist destination."
Walker just posted the following budget veto, because thanks to tax cuts, we don't have enough money to fund removal of these disease spreading carcasses:

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

Just like 2011, when Walker claimed "we're broke" as justification for Act 10. No, we're not broke, the greater burden of taxes has to be returned to corporations and the rich (progressive thinking), and this austerity mindset does nothing to promote our State as a place that either in-state residents or out-state people care to be associated with.

I now live in a rural setting, and our business climate has not improved with Walker's "reforms,"; it doesn't improve your outlook on life by seeing a flattened dead deer carcus on the road you need use to participate in life's endeavors.

Anonymous said...

I have to go back and forth between the Milwaukee area and the Twin Cities quite a bit. It was terrible this year. I saw so many dead animal carcasses especially this summer. There were even 2 small black bears. I am a Wisconsin resident. I think it is terribly unattractive plus the smell. There was even a dead deer in one of the lanes. I was following behind another car and didn't know because I couldn't see it. At the last minute I managed to center my car over the top of it. I can't imagine what would of happened if I would have hit it. I am so sick of Walker giving his buddies tax breaks and not using our tax payer money for things it should be used for. I can't understand why he can't keep the state attractive and not a dumping grounds for corporations. I guess no money in that. I just shutter at the thought of him in office for another term throwing away our money in ways that don't benefit the taxpayers. Now we have Foxconn. I see that as a dead carcass on the side of the highway.

Anonymous said...

I have to go back and forth between the Milwaukee area and the Twin Cities quite a bit. It was terrible this year. I saw so many dead animal carcasses especially this summer. There were even 2 small black bears. I am a Wisconsin resident. I think it is terribly unattractive plus the smell. There was even a dead deer in one of the lanes. I was following behind another car and didn't know because I couldn't see it. At the last minute I managed to center my car over the top of it. I can't imagine what would of happened if I would have hit it. I am so sick of Walker giving his buddies tax breaks and not using our tax payer money for things it should be used for. I can't understand why he can't keep the state attractive and not a dumping grounds for corporations. I guess no money in that. I just shutter at the thought of him in office for another term throwing away our money in ways that don't benefit the taxpayers. Now we have Foxconn. I see that as a dead carcass on the side of the highway.