Walker requests at least $150 million in federal funds to upgrade the Milwaukee-Chicago train lines after turning down $810 million in federal funds to build a high speed rail between Milwaukee and Madison citing a waste of taxpayer money. He sees the main difference being that the demand on the Milwaukee-Chicago line is established and growing:
You’ve got a proven commodity here, and we’re making it better.
Milwaukee Alderman Bauman criticizes Walker for requesting funds he earlier rejected:
Now here we’re applying for the same federal stimulus money, the exact same source of money, and somehow this is wonderful and good and this is going to promote the economic fortunes of southeastern Wisconsin.