Scott Walker Is A Joke
Not long after he rejected high speed rail funding – resulting in a $624 million windfall for California (along with funds rejected by Ohio), Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker now wants federal money to improve trains after all:
Less than half a year after rejecting federal funds to build a high-speed rail connecting Milwaukee to Madison, Wisconsin governor Scott Walker is now asking for at least $150 million from the feds to upgrade an existing Milwaukee-to-Chicago passenger line….
The shed that Walker plans to upgrade to make it comply with the federal Americans with Disabilities Act will account for about $30 million of the $150 million grant money, but it’s a project that would have actually been paid for had Walker just kept the $800 million the feds had originally given him.
But it gets better: even the locomotives, train sets and maintenance base would have ALL been covered by the original grant.
This is pretty ridiculous. Scott Walker is a greedy joke who thinks that government merely exists to enable his ever-changing whims. It isn’t. He doesn’t get to reject money one day and then turn around and suddenly change his mind the next.
US Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood should reject this proposal out of hand. Wisconsin is a great state and it deserves better rail service, but not while Scott Walker is governor. There may well be a recall of him next year, so maybe then Wisconsin can get some of the train money that the people of the state deserve. But Scott Walker made his bed, and now he’s got to sleep in it. No more train money for him.