Kevin Fischer is a veteran broadcaster, the recipient of over 150 major journalism awards from the Milwaukee Press Club, the Wisconsin Associated Press, the Northwest Broadcast News Association, the Wisconsin Bar Association, and others. He has been seen and heard on Milwaukee TV and radio stations for over three decades. A longtime aide to state Senate Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature, Kevin can be seen offering his views on the news on the public affairs program, "InterCHANGE," on Milwaukee Public Television Channel 10, and heard filling in on Newstalk 1130 WISN. He lives with his wife, Jennifer, and their lovely baby daughter, Kyla Audrey, in Franklin.
In the early 80’s, this young reporter working at the time for WUWM covered the opening of southeast
Governor Tony Earl’s Department of Transportation Secretary Lowell Jackson pulled his state owned vehicle in for the inaugural screening. Technicians put the car to the test and
Then came the big moment. Cameras and tape recorders were rolling. Notepads were out. A state employee with paper in hand delivered the news to Secretary Jackson.
“I’m sorry, sir. Your vehicle didn’t pass.”
The vehicle inspection program now in place in several counties costs about $11 million a year according to a recent Legislative Fiscal Bureau report. Our air is cleaner than it’s ever been. The need for this bureaucracy that can cost a motorist hundreds or thousands of dollars in repairs if the computer deems the car has flunked is highly questionable. The program is about as foolish as the DNR issuing Ozone Action Days.
My state Representative and hopefully the next Milwaukee County Executive come April, Jeff Stone told the Small Biz Times that one of his legislative priorities is to get rid of the emissions testing. Good for you, Jeff! No one can tell me these ugly, beat up tin cans on the roads have passed these goofball requirements.
And why are we testing new and relatively new cars in the first place? In a column last September in the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, Mike Nichols wrote:
“At least some state employees have to realize the absurdity here because eight or nine years ago,
Checking to see if newer car's emissions are under acceptable limits, in the meantime, is sort of like checking to see if Aaron Rodgers has fingers.
The fact is that literally 99% of three-year-old cars tested at the time of the LAB audit passed the emissions test. Testing cars that are less than five years old is a colossal waste of time and money. In fact, making people drive cars of any age to a special emissions testing center is a colossal waste of time and money.”
Every state program is on the chopping block because we are over $3 billion in the hole. And that includes the emissions testing silliness.