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State lawmakers accept $822 million to build new high-speed rail line

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Wisconsin lawmakers voted Tuesday, Feb. 16, to accept $822 million in federal stimulus cash to build the proposed high-speed passenger rail line from Milwaukee to Madison.

The Joint Finance Committee voted 12 to 4 in favor, as Republicans questioned the need for the train. But the GOP did support track improvements to speed up Amtrak's existing passenger line from Milwaukee to Chicago.

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