High Speed Rail: Lawmaker Reaction

Gov. Jim Doyle:  “This is a tragic moment for the State of Wisconsin. Our team worked hard to win a national competition to make us a leader in high speed passenger rail. We were positioned to be not only a center of the line, but to be a manufacturing center as well. Now we are moving from being the leader,


High-speed rail in Wisconsin? R.I.P.

From the evening that we broke the news that Wisconsin had been allocated $810 million in federal funding for high-speed rail to Thursday’s announcement that the state’s allocation will instead be given to other states such as Illinois, California and New York, BizTimes.com has been ground zero for news, analysis and commentary about the project.

Knowing full well that


Rail decision doesn’t stop argument

The decision to take away Wisconsin’s high-speed rail money triggered a flood of media statements from elected officials and organizations.

Like the past few months’ public debate over the $810 million project, there’s little middle ground. Thursday’s announcement by the U.S. Department of Transportation is either a tragedy that benefits other states or a demonstration of fiscal sanity.


High-speed rail funds scatter to other states

Wisconsin will keep only a fraction of the $810 million it won in federal high-speed rail money, while the rest will help fund train lines in California, Florida, Illinois and other states, the U.S. Department of Transportation announced Thursday.

Governor-elect Scott Walker had vowed to kill the planned 110-mph Milwaukee-to-Madison passenger train route that was to be funded with


Wisconsin loses train money

Efforts to build a high speed rail line connecting Madison and Milwaukee suffered a major blow Thursday, after the U.S. Department of Transportation announced it is withdrawing the $810 million awarded to Wisconsin and sending it to other states. The DOT also took about $400 million in federal funding for rail away from Ohio.

Governor Jim Doyle says the


Moore Says Loss of High Speed Rail will Isolate Wisconsin

The United States Department of Transportation announced Thursday that it would pull $810 million in federal funding from Wisconsin.

The money was earmarked for a high speed rail line from Milwaukee to Madison. However, incoming governor Scott Walker has repeatedly said he would kill the project. Walker argued the line would be too expensive to operate. The governor of


Wisconsin High-Speed Rail Money To Go Elsewhere

$1.2 Billion Was Slated For Wisconsin, Ohio Projects

President Barack Obama’s administration is taking $1.2 billion in high-speed rail money away from Ohio and Wisconsin and awarding it to 12 other states, Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said Thursday.

Both Ohio and Wisconsin have elected incoming Republican governors who oppose the rail projects. Those governors, whose states have been hit


AP sources: Wis., Ohio rail money to go elsewhere

The Obama administration is taking $1.2 billion in high-speed rail money away from Ohio and Wisconsin and awarding it to other states, congressional sources said Thursday.

Both Ohio and Wisconsin have elected incoming Republican governors opposed to the rail projects. The Department of Transportation plans to award their money to rail projects in California, Illinois, New York and other


Wisconsin Lawmakers Differ on Earmarks

Earmarks have become a dirty word in Washington. They’re the pots of federal money that members of Congress direct to projects in their district, often transportation and defense work. The process is currently frowned upon by so many, that Republicans are leading a charge to do away with the practice. WUWM’s LaToya Dennis learned that Wisconsin is low on the


Note to new reps: Try being leaders

As the Republicans prepare to take over the majority in the House of Representatives, their second-ranking Republican leader, Eric Cantor, wrote a 144-page guide to Congress for his new colleagues. According to press reports, it was mostly do’s and don’ts on congressional inside baseball.

Don’t sit in the wrong place: “There are no assigned seats on the House floor…But you