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Wis. high-speed rail advocates plan rallies

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt speaks at a Milwaukee rally outside train maker Talgo Inc. on Monday. The rally called on Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker to drop his opposition to the state’s high-speed rail project. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt speaks at a Milwaukee rally outside train maker Talgo Inc. on Monday. The rally called on Republican Gov.-elect Scott Walker to drop his opposition to the state’s high-speed rail project. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Advocates of high speed rail in Wisconsin are planning rallies across the state to show their support even though the project appears dead.

Rallies are planned Saturday in Madison, Milwaukee, Oshkosh, La Crosse and Eau Claire. Another event is also planned for Tuesday night at the Talgo train-making facility in Milwaukee.

FOR STORIES, VIDEOS, PHOTOS AND MORE FROM THE STATE’S HIGH-SPEED RAIL PROJECT, GO TO THE DAILY REPORTER’S PROJECT PROFILE PAGE

The rallies come even as Gov.-elect Scott Walker said he won’t allow the project paid for with federal stimulus money to move forward.

But backers who say the train will bring jobs and economic development to the state aren’t backing down. They’ve already collected 7,000 signatures in support of the train and enlisted business and community leaders to speak up.

Organizers say the goal is to get Walker to change his mind and allow the project to move forward.

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One comment

  1. First off, “Concrete Scott” Walker voted *in favor* of the budget that created the law that attracted Talgo and its hundreds of jobs to Wisconsin.

    Now think back to last summer, when Scott Walker was saying Super Steel should have had a better chance at the train-building contract.

    Well, Super Steel is run by Fred Luber, and he was one huge cash contributor to Concrete Scott”‘s election.

    Now think back to Scott Walker’s constant attacks on the job-producing high-speed rail project while at the same time bemoaning that Super Steel – Walker’s cash-cow buddy – didn’t get the contract to build it.

    Starting to add up now, isn’t it?

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