Wisconsin and Ohio don't want their money for fast, efficient transportation? Maybe that's better for the future of high-speed rail anyway.
As part of the stimulus package, Wisconsin got $810 million for high-speed rail and Ohio got $385 million. But then those states elected anti-big-government governors who didn't want the money. John Kasich, of Ohio, said "this train is dead" after being elected.
Senators Diane Feinstein and Barbara Boxer of California asked if maybe other states that do want fast, efficient transportation could split that money and today, the Department of Transportation said yes:
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