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Milwaukee rally planned for high-speed train

Wisconsin State AFL-CIO President Phil Neuenfeldt speaks at a Milwaukee rally outside train maker Talgo Inc. on Nov. 15. Another rally in favor of the state's high-speed rail project is scheduled for Monday. (AP Photo/Dinesh Ramde)

MILWAUKEE (AP) — A group unhappy about federal train money being shifted from Wisconsin is holding a rally in Milwaukee Monday.

In a news release, Citizen Action of Wisconsin accuses Gov.-Elect Scott Walker of costing Wisconsin 13,000 jobs.

President Barack Obama’s administration said it would shift $810 million in federal stimulus dollars meant for a high-speed rail line to other states. Walker opposed the line between Milwaukee and Madison, saying it would be too expensive for the state.

According to the group, it will demand Walker include Milwaukee job creation in the upcoming special legislative session.

Talgo Inc. plans to shut down its Milwaukee train manufacturing operations in 2012 because of the news.

According to Citizen Action, there’s also a town hall meeting Thursday in the neighborhood affected by the plant closing.

Monday’s rally is scheduled for noon at City Hall in Milwaukee. The rally will be held in the ground floor atrium, according to Citizen Action’s Brian Rothgery.

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