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5 Assembly Dems want to halt sale of Wisconsin and Southern Railroad


MADISON, WI (WTAQ) - Five state Assembly Democrats have asked the federal government to wait for two months before approving a sale of the Wisconsin and Southern Railroad.

Watco Transportation Services of Kansas was expected to take over the railroad this week. But the 5 Democrats say they want to know if service to shippers would be reduced in southern Wisconsin.

They also want an investigation to determine if the sale was a political payback to railroad president William Gardner, who got 2 years' probation in July for exceeding campaign donation limits to Governor Scott Walker and other Wisconsin political figures.

Watco recently denied any political motivation behind the sale.

The U.S. Surface Transportation Board was asked to hold up the Wisconsin and Southern sale by Assembly Democrats Brett Hulsey, Terese Berceau, and Kelda Helen Roys of Madison, Fred Clark of Baraboo, and Lou Molepske of Stevens Point.