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Inside Story About Scott Walker, Roads, And The Transportation Fund

December 13, 2010

Madison Mayor Dave Cieslewicz penned a most interesting blog entry on Monday regarding Governor-elect Scott Walker.    Mayor Dave is right on target!    The blog post is so on target that I think  every Wisconsin resident needs to read this, and know the inside story about Scott Walker, roads and the transportation fund.

Here’s how it works. There are over $100 million in costs associated with the Milwaukee Train Shed, track improvements on the corridor and maintenance facility for the popular Hiawatha Line linking that city to Chicago. Because the new high speed rail line that Walker has now killed would have connected Chicago to the Twin Cities through Milwaukee and Madison, the feds were going to pick up that $100 million in improvements as part of the $810 million set aside for the Chicago to Milwaukee to Madison part of the project.

But now that Walker has turned back the federal money so that it can be spent on the same kind of project in other states, Wisconsin will have to pick up that $100 million through the very same state Transportation Fund that Walker said he was trying to protect.

It gets worse. At most, the annual operating costs for the Milwaukee to Madison portion of the line would have been around $7 million. That’s the main reason Walker said he opposed the project. But now the state will have to shoulder more than 14 times as much to make those necessary improvements in Milwaukee. In other words, for what it’s going to cost us to make those improvements we could have paid for the Milwaukee to Madison operating costs for fourteen years.

And here’s the real kicker. Where is that $100 million going to come from? The very same state Transportation Fund that pays for roads. So, by turning down the high speed rail money Walker is actually hurting the road projects he said he wanted to protect.

4 Comments
  1. Patrick permalink
    December 14, 2010 5:24 PM

    Perhaps you could give the mayor a few writing tips. The last paragraph is very repetitive.

  2. Elizabeth Rodgers permalink
    December 14, 2010 4:52 PM

    Did you see Moving On, on One Wisconsin now, making the same points in video?

  3. Rolf permalink
    December 14, 2010 12:51 PM

    No one ever said the man was bright — Now he is out to prove he isn’t.
    Dim Bulb Warning Warning Warning

  4. December 14, 2010 10:12 AM

    It’s like a nightmare. It gets worse and worse.

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