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Tuesday, November 09, 2010

New York, Illinois Fighting Over Train Jobs. Wisconsin? Can't Afford Them

Chicago Breaking Business Excerpt:
Gov.-elect Andrew Cuomo in New York already sent the Department of Transportation a letter saying his state will be glad to use Wisconsin’s and Ohio’s rail money if the states scrap their projects.
In addition to New york, Illinois also 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.
Sun Times Heralds News Excerpt:
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.
“I don’t think we can afford it,” Wisconsin’s governor-elect said Monday.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

We will pay 100M NOT to have it but we can't afford 7.5 or whatever for annual ops?

How does that explain the ridiculous math?

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