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Governor Walker Shut Down By Feds Over Train Money

May 9, 2011

Good.

Wisconsin Governor Walker, and his fellow Republicans frowned on the high-speed train money earlier this year, and have now been served their just desserts with this latest news.  Let Walker find the funds somewhere else!

I think it was rich for Walker,  after all the bitching about federal money and how it was somehow tainted, to have ever sought out train funds in this way.  I am glad he was shut down.

Wisconsin was shut out Monday in its bid for $150 million in federal money to upgrade the Milwaukee-to-Chicago Hiawatha line.

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced that 22 projects in 15 states would share $2 billion in federal high-speed rail money that had been rejected by Florida.

Wisconsin was seeking some of that money for train sets, locomotives and a maintenance base for the Hiawatha line. But while LaHood’s announcement listed $268.2 million for five other Midwestern states that had joined Wisconsin in the application, it made no mention of the Badger State.

Officials at the state and federal transportation departments confirmed that no money would be awarded to Wisconsin. The federal agency had previously yanked an $810 million grant to this state after newly elected Gov. Scott Walker refused to use it to extend the Hiawatha from Milwaukee to Madison, a 110-mph stretch that would have been part of a larger plan to connect Chicago to the Twin Cities and other Midwestern destinations with fast, frequent trains.

4 Comments
  1. William Thomas permalink
    May 10, 2011 10:03 PM

    Patrick;
    You missed the big picture here….. The Milw to Madison leg was part of a 3 State system
    to include Chi to Milw to Mad to Minneapolis and supposedly another stop or 2 in Wi
    such as Eau Claire.
    You sound like the kind of person who would oppose a road in front of your house because you have no car and you are the only house on that block… , thus you would not allow a street to run in front of your house so others who have cars can get past your house on the way to the Hospital. Try a small tropical island, where you only have to worry about 1 person. Screw everyone else!!!.
    bt

  2. Marion permalink
    May 10, 2011 9:54 AM

    doesn’t pay to shoot your mouth off all the time, now does it?

  3. May 9, 2011 6:09 PM

    The post was about federal funds. You might recall that the Walker team turned down federal money to assist with the health care bill implementation too.

    While I know trains are the future as they are in Europe, I also know that Walker has issues that are unfounded in relation to federal monies.

    So bite the train on this one and revel in the fact the feds gave Walker what he deserved.

  4. Patrick permalink
    May 9, 2011 5:50 PM

    Walker never said the money was “tainted”; he said–and rightly so–that the milwaukee/madison train was a very stupid idea, one wasteful of federal tax dollars. The milwaukee/chicago train line is different. But even if we were to apply your logic, there is as much hypocrisy in your position as ever there was in Walker’s. I seem t recall that you were a supporter of rail service in the one case, but don’t seem to be one here? If you really care about rail service, you would not be happy that the feds have denied this money.

    By the way, we both know that the madison/milwaukee train would never have traveled at 110 mph, so the story you cite is hardly accurate.

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