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Doyle says he’ll leave high-speed rail to successor

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Outgoing Democratic Gov. Jim Doyle says he is leaving the future of Wisconsin’s high-speed train line to his Republican successor who has vowed to kill the project.

Doyle told The Associated Press on Monday that he decided he could either play brinksmanship and push the project ahead between now and when he leaves office and see if Gov.-elect Scott Walker could stop it. But Doyle said that could lead to lawsuits, put jobs in jeopardy and cause great unrest to the project.

Instead, Doyle said he is leaving it up to Walker to discuss the project’s future with the U.S. Department of Transportation. Doyle said it can’t be a success unless both sides work together on it.

Wisconsin was awarded $810 million in federal stimulus money to pay for building the line between Madison to Milwaukee.

READ GOV. DOYLE’S STATEMENT ON HIGH-SPEED RAIL

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One comment

  1. The Governor elect will cost Wisconsin jobs, $100 Million and the likely possibility that Talgo will not open a facility in Milwaukee. So much for fiscal responsibility! It’s not too late for him to do the right thing & continue rail funding & support of this vital transportation project.

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