Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Thank You Wisconsin, We'll Take Your Money

It's called stimulus you ideological nitwits. AND I WANT TO GO FAST!

Chicago Sun-Times:

Illinois wants the $810 million in federal high-speed rail money that Wisconsin Governor-elect Scott Walker has promised to reject.

“We’d love to have it,” said Illinois Transportation Secretary Gary Hannig. He said Illinois, which has already received $1.2 billion in high-speed rail funding, could spend Wisconsin’s money making further improvements to the Chicago-St. Louis corridor to add more passenger runs.

The money also could be used to build stations in Joliet and Rockford, Hannig said.

Walker, a Republican, made opposing a high-speed train line from Milwaukee to Madison a key part of his campaign against Democrat Tom Barrett. Walker objected to the state having to pay up to $7.5 million a year in ongoing operational costs.

State Sen. Jeffrey Schoenberg (D-Evanston) said he would work with other lawmakers to persuade the U.S. Department of Transportation to transfer the money to Illinois. He also would like to see trainmaker Talgo, Inc. move here. Talgo has said it can’t promise to stay in Milwaukee if the state rejects the rail project.

“If the new governor of Wisconsin is overwhelmed by $800 million of federal funds, we’d be happy to take that burden off his back,” Schoenberg said.

Apparently NY is also trying to receive the funds, but as we know that train would go nowhere. I sometimes wonder why it is neo-cons hate trains so much, maybe it really is Atrios's fault? That or they really do think Europe is teh devil. I welcome more trains and more jobs. Call me a librul socialist nazi train lova! Wisconsin, f u very much!

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