Not content with killing Amtrak service to Madison and train-assembling jobs at Talgo in Milwaukee, Scott Walker now wants to bleed $1.1 million from one of the most successful Amtrak lines in recent history to help close (with some road project delays) a looming road-building deficit, the Journal Sentinel reports.
And cut another $4.3 million from local road aids, so enjoy the potholes, because more of them will only get bigger.
Furthermore, if I read p. 460 of the Walker budget correctly, the plan was to remove all federal transportation funding from the Amtrak line because state funding would cover it.
Until today's announcement.
PASSENGER RAIL SERVICEGovernor:
We'll see if The Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce, with plenty of members' employees who commute on The Hiawatha daily trains to Chicago, can turn around this brain-dead 'budgeting' and get anything out of business community's campaign investments to the Walker machine.Reduce funding by $4,488,700 annually to eliminate base funding in the FED appropriation for passenger rail service. The Department indicates that the base SEG funding of $7,198,800 for passenger rail service is sufficient to fund anticipated costs for contracting with Amtrak for the state's share of the Hiawatha service between Chicago and Milwaukee in the 2013-15 biennium.
Wisconsin partners in a contract with Illinois to keep The Hiawatha operating, but Illinois is learning that Wisconsin is not open to partnership.