Wisconsin Dems Mock Gov.-Elect With Billboard

WEST ALLIS, Wis. (CBS) – Democrats in Wisconsin are hurling some angry sarcasm at Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker, in the form of a billboard.

The billboard takes Walker to task for his decision to reject $810 million in federal stimulus funds for a high-speed rail line between Milwaukee and Madison.

Located on Interstate 94 just off Highway 100 in the Milwaukee suburb of West Allis, Wis., the billboard has a picture of the Republican along with the lines, “Dear Scott Walker, Thanks for the money & jobs! Love, Illinois.”

After Walker said he would reject the high-speed rail project, Train maker Talgo Inc. said it might move its manufacturing plant out of Wisconsin. Gov. Pat Quinn encouraged Talgo to move its facility from Milwaukee south across the state line to Illinois.

Walker said he opposes the project because the state could get stuck paying the maintenance costs. His office reiterated his opposition Monday.

But state Democratic Party chair Mike Tate says Walker’s opposition would send jobs and funds out of the state.

On Monday, several hundred supporters gathered outside the Talgo plant in Milwaukee, urging Walker to reconsider.

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  • James

    I live in Illinois. Thanks for all the support. If you have any federal monies that your Governor elect doesn’t want thats rightfully the state of Wisconsin’s. Please pass that onto Illinois, we’ll be glad to take it. And if you don’t want any professional sports stars from your state, we’ll take them too. We should be able to pay for them with all those sweet Wisconsin jobs moving to Illinois. Do you think your Governor elect can lower Harley Davidson Company’s taxes, but take away all incentives so no one can afford there products and they move to Illinois too?

    Thanks. Love Born in Illinois

  • southside

    We need some Scott Walkers in Illinois. Federal money isn’t free. We are borrowing it from the Chinese. Anytime a government official wants to stand up and say spending is wasteful, he should be honored. Remember, government money is not free.

  • The Real South Side

    Hey southside, Walker isn’t saying that the spending is wasteful, and he’s not trying to refuse it. He wants to spend it on a highway expansion instead. Just another tax and spend Republican.

  • Gerald Spencer

    High speed rail was an agreement made between the governors of Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois. Is this merely the extension of thar rail line Governor Walker does not want? Of course, if you have infrastructure it must be maintained. What idiot would believe that revenue would pass to the state but the state would not have to maintain it? If someone bought a new car for you, aren’t you expected to keep up the maintenance and eventual replacement of that car? What a lame diversionary ploy on the part of Wisconsin’s governor.

  • streamwood bill

    This Walker dude is an idiot. FIRST he supports high speed rail in Wisconsin, then, when the mood is right, he changes his stance because he and his party loathe anything Obama, and second, This Walker is highly supported by the Highway Lobby in the great Cheese State!. GO FIGURE.

    WHAT A FLIP-FLOPPER. I smell a one-term governor since this guy reminds me of that other idiot, GW BUSH. By the way, that is NOT a compliment!

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  • joe Smith

    Not only is he going to be a one term figure if he intends to take on 39000 employees, he has his work cut out for him doing away with the unions who knows he might just mirror the image of the late Illinois governor.

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