Minnesota legislators kill high-speed rail study

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MINNEAPOLIS — Leaders in Minnesota's Republican-controlled state Legislature say a high-speed rail project has no future and moved to kill it this week.

The Rochester (Minn.) Post-Bulletin reports that members of both Minnesota's House and Senate declined to accept a $181,682-federal grant that would have paid for state-run environmental studies on a high-speed corridor linking Minneapolis-St. Paul and Milwaukee, Wis.

State representative and state House Transportation Committee Chairman Paul Torkelson cited Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker's flat refusal to consider publicly financed passenger rail projects, specifically this project, as a reason to reject the federal taxpayer dollars.

The Post-Bulletin reports that Minnesota taxpayers have already spent about $1 million on the environmental work, so far, and the federal grant would have paid to complete state workers' studies.

See the original article online.
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