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This billboard takes Wisconsin Gov.-elect Scott Walker to task for opposing federal stimulus funding for a high-speed rail line. (Credit: CBS)

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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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