GOP votes against train repair base, wastes $71.8 million

I’m beginning to wonder if Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature have forgotten that they promised to create jobs, not send them fleeing the state …

“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.”

Republicans in the Wisconsin Legislature are starting to remind me of the gang that couldn’t shoot straight when it comes to job creation, because they just keep shooting themselves in their collective feet.

Transparency? Not in the Republican version of Wisconsin!

The doors to the Wisconsin State Assembly gallery were blacked out on March 13 to prevent the citizenry from observing/filming/photographing the police arresting other citizens.

Not surprisingly, Wisconsin’s spending transparency earned a D-minus from the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group, which found that the state’s online checkbook is difficult to use, lacks information, and lags behind other states.

Wisconsin’s transparency website – – has not been upgraded since the Wisconsin Public Interest Research Group last studied Wisconsin’s spending transparency last year.

Welcome to the Republican version of Wisconsin, where government transparency makes for great campaign rhetoric but really gets in the way when they’re trying to stick it to the poor and middle class while giving handouts to corporations and the wealthy.

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