Not Nearly Done
November 9, 2010 10:22 AM
This morning's Madison newspaper had a grim headline about high speed rail. It's way premature.
I understand the position that Governor-Elect Scott Walker has staked out on this issue, but there's just too much at stake here to just walk away. So since Election Day, I've been tearing up the phone lines, talking to everyone from the White House and our congressional representatives, to business and labor leaders, to editorial boards.
The idea that it would be a huge mistake to throw away thousands of jobs only to see the federal money spent on the same kind of project in another state has been echoed now by two major newspapers in the state which endorsed Walker for governor but disagree with him about the train. You can read those editorials here: http://www.jsonline.com/news/opinion/106794443.html and here: http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/opinion/editorial/article_16762c98-e87b-11df-b680-001cc4c002e0.html.
And U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has made it very clear that transferring the funds to another state is exactly what would happen. You can read his letter to Walker here: http://www.cityofmadison.com/mayor/documents/scottwalker.pdf.
As I've said in this space earlier we can address the Governor-elect's remaining issues about high speed rail. It will take time and it'll take a process but we can get this back on track.