Wisconsin and Southern says state owes company $160,000
Board denies claim for high-speed rail work
MADISON, Wis. — The Wisconsin Claims Board has decided a railroad company doesn’t deserve any money for work it performed on a high-speed rail line before Gov. Scott Walker killed the project.
Milwaukee-based Wisconsin & Southern insists the state owes it $160,000 for preparing its tracks for the high-speed line between June 2010 and November 2010.
The railroad’s executives say the railroad performed the work without a contract because then-Gov. Jim Doyle’s administration wanted to move as quickly as possible ahead of the November election. They say the administration promised to reimburse the railroad, however.
Walker won the election and promptly rejected federal money for the project, killing it.
The board released a decision Thursday denying the claim, saying the state wasn’t liable.
A message left at the railroad’s offices wasn’t immediately returned.