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Legislature’s Budget Committee Approves Train Purchase

The Legislature’s budget committee approved Governor Doyle’s proposal to spend $47.5 million to purchase new passenger trains from the Spanish firm Talgo on Tuesday. The trains are expected to be built in Wisconsin, creating up to 80 jobs.

Concerns were raised by both Democrat and Republican members of the budget committee on the purchase. Information on the purchase was only provided to the Legislature by Governor Doyle two weeks ago, and the process used by the Governor’s administration did not include a competitive bidding process. The proposal was ultimately approved on a party-line 11-4 vote, with the four Republicans on the committee voting no.