California, New York, and Illinois are making a play for more than $1.2 billion of high-speed rail funding that was awarded to two Midwestern states whose Republican governors-elect plan to reject the grants.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood sent letters earlier this month to incoming governors Scott Walker in Wisconsin and John Kasich in Ohio, warning that if their states do not use high-speed rail grants for their intended purpose they will be reclaimed by the federal government and handed out to other eligible projects.

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