Democratic Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers mentioned Tuesday he is not ruling out the usage of state funds to assemble a passenger rail line between the cities of Madison and Milwaukee that might additionally broaden connections between Chicago and St. Paul, Minnesota.
Evers instructed The Related Press that he helps the proposed rail mission however was ready to see what federal funds could be obtainable earlier than committing any state sources. On Feb. 15, Evers will ship a two-year state price range to the Republican-controlled Legislature.
The Legislature will spend the spring rewriting that plan, earlier than passing a price range probably in late June.
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Prime Republican state lawmakers have already voiced their opposition to the rail mission. When requested in regards to the rail line earlier this month, Wisconsin Meeting Speaker Robin Vos mentioned solely, “No state funding.”
Senate Majority Chief Devin LeMahieu voiced considerations final week in regards to the mission paying off.
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“I don’t assume it is smart to construct a rail, even when it’s largely via federal cash, if we’re caught on the hook subsidizing it for the subsequent 30 years,” he instructed AP.
Former Republican Gov. Scott Walker opposed an analogous rail line when he ran for governor in 2010 after which killed the mission, which the federal authorities would have funded with $810 million.
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“I believed that Scott Walker’s resolution years in the past continues to hang-out us,” Evers mentioned Tuesday. “However that mentioned, we’ll see what the federal authorities has obtainable for us.”