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UPDATE: Governor's office says it has no records of communication

A press release sent from the MacIver Institute Wednesday afternoon reported that Gov. Jim Doyle's office said it has no records relating to the decision to pull the Oconomowoc high speed rail stop.

“This keeps getting more and more interesting,” said Brett Healy, president of the John K. MacIver Institute for Public Policy.

Susan Crawford, Governor Doyle’s chief legal counsel, sent a message Sept. 7 that said the office conducted a search for records related to the request and "found no responsive records in the custody of the Governor's Office."

The MacIver Institute said it has yet to receive a response from the Department of Transportation.

“This is the most controversial public works project in our state’s history and one of Governor Doyle’s top remaining priorities as he prepares to leave office but he wasn’t notified of a dramatic change to suddenly drop Oconomowoc as a station location?” said Healy. “Common sense would suggest the Governor’s staff would be in constant contact with the professionals over at DOT as they try to fast-track this project before the Governor hands over the reins to his successor.”
 
Healy said he doesn’t understand the reason the DOT is taking so long to comply with a simple request.
 
“All the public wants to know is why the DOT decided to kick Oconomowoc out, who made that decision and was it retribution for local officials asking tough questions about the overall cost of the project?” said Healy.

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