Madison – Today, Representative Tamara Grigsby (D-Milwaukee) highlighted the bad budget decisions and misplaced priorities of the Republican majority and the Walker Administration.
As the GOP-dominated Joint Finance Committee convened to potentially approve funds for a new railcar maintenance facility and other projects, Grigsby noted with dismay that such projects would have been covered by the massive federal infrastructure investment that was rejected by the Walker Administration one year ago.
“When it comes to governing, this is not the smart way and it certainly is not the Wisconsin way,” Grigsby said, referring to Republicans’ failure to properly invest in important rail infrastructure initiatives.
“The current majority is set to spend up to $85 million in state funds that would have otherwise been covered by the federal government. At the same time, Republicans are spending hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on hiring expensive redistricting lawyers whose job is to protect the GOP’s ideological agenda. This is wasteful spending at its worst.”
Republicans on the state’s budget committee have already approved nearly $30 million in state funds for rail infrastructure that would have otherwise been covered by the federal government. After this project is completed with state funds instead of the previously available federal grant, Wisconsin taxpayers will be on the hook for up to $85 million in infrastructure that could have been paid for by utilizing federal funds.
“I have always been an advocate of infrastructure investment and rail,” said Grigsby. “What is frustrating is the wasteful spending being conducted by Republicans. The Walker Administration made a bad choice in wasting federal resources; now, Wisconsin taxpayers must foot the bill. Instead of rejecting federal funds for job creation or thoughtlessly throwing taxpayer dollars at rigidly partisan law firms, this government could make smart choices. Unfortunately, Republicans seem unwilling to do just that.”