December 9, 2010 3:40 PM
U.S. Department of Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood announced today that the high speed rail money that had been committed to Wisconsin will now be redirected to other states with governors who want to create jobs and investment in their state. Sadly, we don't have such a governor-elect in Wisconsin. Here was the statement I issued today:
"This is a black day for Wisconsin's economy.
'The 5,000 or so construction workers who could have been employed over the course of the next few months building high speed rail have Scott Walker to thank for their continued unemployment.
"A governor-elect who claims to be making jobs his top priority has killed thousands of good-paying jobs before even taking office. And it won't stop here. Walker has laid out nothing less than an all out attack on the modern economy.
"With his high speed rail decision, Walker has sent a national and even international message that Wisconsin is closed to new ideas and not nearly open to business. Next he'll go after stem cell research, possibly chasing those jobs to California. And we can only imagine what else he'll do to turn back the clock on progress.
"Scott Walker, even before taking office, has done irreparable damage to Wisconsin's economy."