Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Walker Killed These Jobs When He Killed The Train

Let's remember how many jobs Walker threw away when he killed a federally-funded Amtrak line between Milwaukee and Madison as part of an upgrade in service in the Midwest.

Then-Journal Sentinel transportation reporter Larry Sandler in 2010 totaled up and published the figures, which I had re-posted:

"Therefore, total employment specifically linked to the train line would be 1,100 this year, 3,483 next year, 4,732 in 2012, 1,542 in 2013, 483 in 2014 and 167 in 2015.The remaining jobs that the state claims would be created - 181 this year, 577 next year, 803 in 2012, 305 in 2013, 138 in 2014 and 83 in 2015 - would be "induced" employment, or jobs at stores, restaurants and other businesses where the railroad workers would spend their wages."

1 comment:

zombie rotten mcdonald said...

let's also remember that he tossed away the development and economic activity that is going to occur along the rail lines. A much harder number to estimate, admittedly.