I admit I'm way late to this one, but it's worth reporting anyway. At some point in the future we'll refer to these kinds of interactions as a "good ol' fashioned blog battle," but for now it's still a novelty to see a pol take to the information super highway to throw some punches.
With session over Rep. Steve Nass is waging warfare against a nasty new demon threatening life as we know it in the Badger state. Shield the children's eyes. This new malicious entity … is a bike box.
..."It's basically about liberal extremists in Madison who hate cars and think everyone should bike to work," Nass told the State Journal here. "It is basically making it difficult to use an automobile."
It's odd Rep. Nass didn't seem to mind using a circuitous route to work which was a far greater inconvenience than a bike box could ever cause.
Pocan is referring to Nass' claim his trip from Whitewater to Madison is 52 miles by car, rather than the 43 miles the most direct route takes. The "scenic" view would not be an issue if Nass didn't use the extra mileage to request additional money from the state, which refunds each lawmaker a certain amount for each mile that is used to commute to Madison.
Granted, Nass is not the only legislator that report called out for cheating the system. Former Democratic Rep. Johnnie Morris also cost the state over $1000, and Rep. Leon Young's figures were a little sketchy as well.
Here's a compromise: Madison gets to keep its bike boxes, Nass starts taking the direct route to Madison, but he gets refunded 8 cents for each bike box he encounters.