Why can't these guys be truthful?
Scott Walker overstated the state's annual operating share of the Milwaukee-Madison Amtrak extension, as I wrote in 2010:
So Wisconsin would get the train line construction fully-paid by stimulus funds, with an annual state tab for some operating expenses amounting to less than one-tenth of 1% of the construction cost.
And less than 8% of the size of the operating cost that GOP candidate Scott Walker has been claiming all campaign season.The Journal Sentinel had reported it this way:
Operating costs are projected at $7.5 million a year, not counting the part covered by fares. But [WisDot official Carl Anne] Renlund said the state is already using federal funds to cover 90% of the Hiawatha's $5.2 million annual operating cost - leaving $520,000 a year for state taxpayers to pick up - and hopes to do the same with the new line. That would mean state taxpayers would be paying $750,000 a year for the service to Madison.And in 2011, the paper also reported:
The federal government had awarded the state $810 million in stimulus money to cover the full construction cost of the route, as part of a larger plan for high-speed service from Chicago to the Twin Cities and throughout the Midwest.And now, The New York Times says a report shows that NJ Gov. Chris Christie has done the same thing:
But Walker and his fellow Republicans objected to state taxpayers picking up the line's operating costs, initially projected at $7.5 million a year. Revised ridership estimates could have cut $2.8 million off the state share, however, and the state could have used existing federal aid to cover up to 90% of its costs.
Ideological opposition to trains seems to derail the truth.Mr. Christie also said in 2010 that the state would pay 70 percent of the cost; the report said the state’s share was 14.4 percent. And he said the federal government was requiring the state to pay any cost overruns; the report said that there was no final agreement, and that the federal government had offered to help pay with grants, loans and public-private partnerships.