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Rep. Brett Davis: No-bid train deal was wrong
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The purchase of two new trains was rushed through the Joint Finance Committee (JFC) last week. The committee's final approval of the deal will cost taxpayers $47.5 million for the purchase of two trains from a Spanish-based company to operate on Amtrak's Milwaukee-to-Chicago Hiawatha line. However, there was one major problem with the deal: It did not undergo the competitive bid process.