It's cool when bad decisions have consequences
Newly elected Republican Governors in Wisconsin and Ohio repudiated plans for high speed rail in their states, presuming that they would be able to keep the federal transportation monies and use them for roads and such.
The decision was made after U.S. Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood announced Thursday that the federal government was rescinding the $810 million allocated to Wisconsin. Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker had strongly opposed the state’s high-speed rail plan. “We can’t stay and manufacture in Milwaukee without the high-speed rail to Madison,” Friend said. “This is terrible news.”
Friend said the state’s decision to back away from the high-speed rail project sends a terrible message to businesses considering locating in the state. “We were encouraged by the business community,” Friend said. “We are really discouraged by what has happened.” State residents should also be discouraged, she said. Talgo and the construction of the rail line would have created jobs badly needed in the construction industry.
Also see "Talgo seeks work in states given Wisconsin's rail share" from the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel.