MADISON, Wis. (AP) -- The Wisconsin Legislature's budget committee has approved spending $31 million to help renovate the Milwaukee passenger rail station and pay for costs related to the preparation and delivery of new train cars and other expenses related to the Hiawatha line between Milwaukee and Chicago.
The Joint Finance Committee on Tuesday voted 12-2 to approve the spending, most of which comes from the issuing of bonds.
Democrats on the panel excoriated Republican Gov. Scott Walker for rejecting $810 million in federal high speed rail money, which would have covered up to $25 million of the approved spending. Walker rejected the money to pay for a new rail line between Madison and Milwaukee. He supports the existing line connecting Milwaukee and Chicago.
Republican Sens. Glenn Grothman and Joe Leibham voted against it.
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