Monday, September 10, 2018

No Amtrak or smooth roads; Walker forced onto taxpayers' planes

One Wisconsin Now's strong reporting on Walker's use of state aircraft as campaign shuttles and personal taxis is gaining important mainstream media coverage, as the State Journal reports:
Republican Gov. Scott Walker took 65 percent more taxpayer-funded flights last year than the Democratic governor of New York, whose flying was noted in a recent news report for being more frequent than any governor among the 10 most populous states.
Wisconsin is not among those states (it ranks 20th) and was not included in the report, but liberal advocacy group One Wisconsin Now recently reported on Walker’s taxpayer-funded airplane travel since September 2015 when he dropped out of the presidential race.
But in fairness, Walker can't be taking Amtrak, can he? 

Look - - our trains got sent by someone to the West Coast, and you can't get by rail from most of here to most of anywhere there:

Oregon launches Made-And-Banned-In-Wisconsin Trains

These trains 
were built at the Talgo train works in Milwaukee shut down by Scott Walker and his jobs-killing servants in the state legislature. 

Worse, they killed an entire industry.
FRIDAY, MARCH 22, 2013 

Illinois Gets $808 Million Train Business Walker Destroyed Here


In Job Poor state, Walker derailed emerging train industry

The veteran Wisconsin writer Marc Eisen eloquently described Scott "Walker's fateful decision to reject an $810 million federal grant to build a passenger rail line connecting Madison and Milwaukee....

"The I-94 corridor linking Dane County with Milwaukee and Waukesha will likely be the state's 21st-century economic engine. In turn, it will be a vital link in what technology booster Tom Still has called the "I-Q Corridor" — the 400-mile stretch of interstate connecting the heavyweight metropolises of Chicago and the Twin Cities.

"'That corridor contains some of the nation's leading research universities, well-educated tech workers and thriving tech-based companies at all stages of development," Still, who's president of the Wisconsin Technology Council, wrote a few years ago.

"Now imagine an updated rail system carrying people from the Twin Cities to downtown Chicago in less than six hours — even faster than driving and on a par with a complicated airline connection.

'Oops! Don't consider it. That scenario is precisely what Walker killed when he gave back the $810 million — federal funding that would have paid the full capital costs of connecting Madison to Milwaukee." 
And you can't expect Walker to drive on our rotten roads

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