Scott Walker says he can’t imagine anything that would convince him to change his mind and that he still plans to kill the high-speed rail project.
So if one takes him at his word, why hasn’t anyone asked him where he’s going to get the $100 million it will cost to cancel the project? Perhaps some enterprising reporter should ask him? Psssst….We’re looking at mostly at you, Journal Sentinel reporters Patrick Marley and Larry Sandler. (In case you missed the news, multiple news outlets reported this week that $100 million has either already been spent on the project or cannot be canceled and must be repaid if the project is killed).
Scott Walker has promised not to raid the transportation fund. How would talk radio view breaking one campaign promise to keep another? If killing high-speed rail is involved, that’s OK, right? (And yes, AP’s Scott Bauer even uses the word “promise” in his headline, here).
We all know that if the money isn’t spent here, it will go to fund a rail project in other states. But Walker continues his fantasy anyway of insisting that the money could be redirected to be used on roadwork. No way, both Republicans like Tom Petri and Democrats say, as predicted earlier.
So with that money going to create jobs in other states, where does Walker get the $100 million he needs to kill the project? As explained recently, borrowing could more than double the cost. But loaning the money from the transportation fund, or taking the money outright from the transportation fund, might make more sense for Walker.
How would raiding the transportation fund to support job creation in other states, for high-speed rail no less, play on Milwaukee talk radio? And how would it play with all those road builders who contributed to Walker’s campaign?
It should be an interesting few months.
And if this all sounds like a stretch, just remember that it’s not like Scott walker has been caught raiding segregated funds before. Oh wait….