Saturday, December 11, 2010

I Don't Really Think They Understand How Things Work

So absurd.
Talgo Inc. will shut down its Milwaukee train manufacturing operations in 2012, leaving only a maintenance base, because plans for a high-speed rail line between Milwaukee and Madison have been abandoned, the company announced Friday.


"Governor-elect Walker's transition team reached out to Talgo in an effort to keep them in Wisconsin," Walker transition spokesman Cullen Werwie said in an e-mail. "While he is disappointed that the company made the decision to leave, the fact that the Madison-to-Milwaukee train line is dead is in the best interest of Wisconsin taxpayers. By reducing government spending - like Governor-elect Walker was able to do by successfully stopping this boondoggle - he is going to fulfill his campaign promise of ensuring Wisconsin has a business climate that allows the private sector to create 250,000 new jobs."
City suit possible

The city invested several million dollars in renovating the former Tower Automotive property to accommodate Talgo. Milwaukee Mayor Tom Barrett has said city officials may explore legal action if Walker's stand wipes out that investment.