Fresh news from this afternoon. No, Republicans in Wisconsin can’t be trusted even to live up to a contract. From the Journal Sentinel:
Over the objections of Gov. Scott Walker’s administration, a key legislative committee voted Wednesday against building a new train maintenance base – a decision that officials warned could mean mothballing two brand-new trains and walking away from the $71.8 million already invested in them.
The Legislature’s Joint Finance Committee voted, 12-4, along party lines not to borrow $2.5 million to continue planning a $55 million to $63 million permanent maintenance base in Milwaukee.
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The committee vote means state officials now must try to renegotiate the deal with Talgo. If they can’t reach agreement, the issue could go to mediation and may eventually end up in court, Democratic legislators warned.
Money already spent wasted. Jobs lost. And litigation headed down the rails, which will cost the State of Wisconsin even more money. All because the Republicans in government in Wisconsin can’t be trusted to uphold a contract. The ones in charge there at the Joint Finance Committee? Alberta Darling and Robin Vos. Send them a note, willya?
If I were Talgo, I would call up some fine lawyers and fight. As to us voters, it’s time to recall some legislators.