Scott Walker Caused These Job, Growth Losses
Following through on a campaign pledge (see the "no train" website), Scott Walker forced the termination of an $810 million federally-funded Madison-to-Milwaukee Amtrak line predicted to create thousands of jobs - - including employment in the years of his governorship when Wisconsin's job growth has steadily fallen - - over a six-year period, according to data published in 2010 by the Journal Sentinel:
Talgo, a Spanish train manufacturer, is seeking a Wisconsin plant to assemble trains that could run on this route. The Talgo business could create 50 to 60 jobs building two trains that the state already has ordered for the existing Milwaukee-to-Chicago Hiawatha service, plus another 20 to 30 more building two more trains for high-speed service, says Jim Schmelzer, president of Super Steel Products Corp., which is seeking the work.
Counting "indirect" jobs at suppliers would add another 152 jobs this year, 479 next year, 647 in 2012, 202 in 2013, 54 in 2014 and 11 in 2015. State and local government jobs, including planners, engineers and project managers, would total 67 this year, 212 next year, 291 in 2012, 109 in 2013, 47 in 2014 and 26 in 2015. Klein said personnel hired by the state Department of Transportation for this project would hold their jobs no more than four years.
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.
I dream of how different my life would it be having a train linking Madison to Milwaukee: I could be riding the train, reading a book, listening to music or catching up some sleep, instead I have to drive 1 1/2 hour each way, that is about 4 hours out of the 24 hours, imagine that is what I spend just driving to get to a job in Milwaukee! Today it might be me, tomorrow could be you or your grandchildren.. Think about it!
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