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City buses – Out of Service – hopefully not, Out of Hope

via: Huffington Post

Peggy Schulz was fed up. In March, after being unemployed for nearly TWO YEARS, she performed an experiment: She went to a job-search website, limited the search to the Milwaukee area and typed in a simple term: “bus line.”

The results displayed what had long been plaguing her. Job posting after job posting featured similar caveats:

“this is not on a bus line”

“need reliable transportation not on bus line”

“positions are NOT on a bus line”

“our client that is not located on a bus line is interested in having you work …”

“Here it was in black and white,” she later recalled with a bitter laugh. “It’s been very frustrating to look through the want ads, look online, think about places I could work and realize, ‘Nope, can’t get there on the bus.'”

Schulz is 53. She has years of experience as a legal secretary. But she does not own a car.

Over the last decade, as Milwaukee County has inflicted relentless cuts to public transit, she has watched her primary means of transportation decay. After she was laid off in June 2009, a pattern emerged: She’d find what seemed like the perfect job opportunity, only to discover that bus service cuts had rendered it inaccessible.

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Schulz, for her part, got the job. But it didn’t turn out to be all she had hoped. Now, she wants to look around for other work, but she dreads diving back into that process. That’s assuming she stays in Milwaukee.

“I might have to go to, I don’t know, Chicago, maybe? Canada?” she said in an email. “Any suggestions?”

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/05/milwaukee-budget-cuts_n_844551.html

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/04/05/us-inequality-infographic_n_845042.html#s261411&title=Wage_Inequality

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Walker, who in recent months has championed a high-profile effort to strip unions of collective bargaining rights, was Milwaukee county executive before becoming governor. Elected in 2002 and serving until the end of last year, he presided over the bulk of the transit cuts.

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April 6, 2011 - Posted by | deficit reduction, Uncategorized | , , , , , ,

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