In Wisconsin, Gov. Scott Walker (R) refused more than $800 million to create a rail line from Milwaukee to Madison, after campaigning against it with a NoTrain.com Web site and running TV ads saying, "We'll stop this train." Walker said taxpayers could not afford the $7.5 million a year in operational costs cheap christian louboutin. In Ohio, Gov. John Kasich (R) killed a $400 million project designed to link Cleveland, Columbus and Cincinnati because of too many unanswered questions about ridership, how fast it would go and how much it would cost a state with an $8 billion budget shortfall. In Florida, Gov. Rick Scott (R) returned $2.4 billion to build a line connecting Tampa to Orlando — a project decades in the making — saying construction cost overruns and low ridership could have left the state on the hook for billions of dollars. It was Florida's funding that McDonnell chose to pass up after Scott rejected it — money that Virginia Democratic Sens. Mark R. Warner and James Webb had lobbied the federal government to give their state. "It's unfortunate, because funding opportunities like this may not come around again, and Senator Warner believes Virginia is the perfect place for investments in high-speed rail,'' said Kevin Hall, Warner's spokesman discount christian louboutin. Virginia Democratic Party Chairman Brian Moran said that McDonnell's inaction was a sign of the GOP's sharp tilt."It appears to be a competition to out-demagogue each other. It is based purely on ideological purity,'' Moran said. But Connaughton said the state was not able to pursue one of the federal grants because it did not have money available for the state's 20 percent match.