Monday, February 8, 2016

Rail for NW WI on track, thanks to MN

Killed by Walker in 2011 to please the road-builders, puff up his anti-Obama resume and presidential fantasies, and deny to Jim Doyle a legacy achievement, passenger rail serving Wisconsin residents is finally getting a boost - - from the more forward-thinking State of Minnesota.

Because the plan will require a contribution from Wisconsin, and, to date, Walker prefers spending new state funds on freight lines carrying frac sand, for example ($52 million in the 2013-'15 budget), it's a good strategy - - though completely unfair to transit users - - that train planning in NW Wisconsin is looking for private investment while road spending is a routine public expense.

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