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Obama: Walker ‘short-sighted’ for refusing rail money

MILWAUKEE (AP) — President Barack Obama calls Gov. Scott Walker “short-sighted” for turning down $810 million in federal money for high-speed rail.

Obama told WTMJ-TV on Wednesday that high-speed rail represents the kind of investment in the future that other countries are making.

An e-mail seeking reaction from Walker’s spokesman wasn’t immediately returned. However, Walker has often said he turned down the money in part because the state would have been on the hook for maintenance fees.

The rail line would have connected Madison and Milwaukee, stopping at a number of cities in between.

Obama said the mayors of those cities wanted the high-speed train. He said the federal money would have helped put “tons of people” to work, and that small businesses would have sprung up along the rail lines.

Information from: WTMJ-TV,

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