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Unformatted text preview: A has since diverted the $810 million to extend Amtrak’s Hiawatha line from Milwaukee to Madison and the $450 million to be spent in Ohio to other HSR projects, primarily in California and Florida. Turn - state action devotes funds away from meaningful HRS projects BAF Ed Fund, bipartisan coalition of elected officials focused on US investment in infrastructure, 2011 [Building America’s Future Educational Fund, “Building America’s Future – Falling Apart and Falling Behind,” Transportation Infrastructure Report, Accessed 6/1/12] SM Comparatively speaking, the U.S. is practi- cally sitting the high-speed rail competition out . The Obama Administration has an- nounced a vision of a nation-wide high- speed rail network. But $10 billion in initial funding pales in comparison with our competitors’ investments. And spreading that $10 billion around 36 states runs the risk of achieving nothing at all. As we watch states change course after the 2010 election and decline some of the highspeed rail funds they had been awarded, we must concede that President O...
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