High-Speed Rail Money Rick Scott Rejected Goes to Other States

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Our friends in New York, Chicago, Detroit, and California are now benefiting from the questionable fiscal decisions of Florida's Tea Party governor.

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Thanks, Governor, for sending money to our friends up north.
They're receiving a large portion of the $2.4 billion in federal funds for a high-speed train that would have connected Tampa and Orlando. Rick Scott rejected the money and sent it back to Washington, claiming he was saving the state money and helping to solve the national budget crisis. But his gloating gets more absurd by the day.

First, Florida's own transportation department predicted that the bullet train would make money from the start. But Scott chose to believe the study funded by Big Oil, which questioned how many people would ride the train.

Then, we learned that Scott's lawyer lied when explaining to the Florida Supreme Court why he rejected the money.
Attorney Charles Tripp said $110 million in state funds had already been spent on the proposed rail project, when the real number was just $31 million.

Now, the Associated Press is reporting that only a small portion -- $400 million -- of Florida's funds were rescinded by Congress and used to solve last month's budget crisis. The rest of the $2 billion was redistributed to rail projects in the Northeast, Midwest, and California.

"These projects will put thousands of Americans to work, save hundreds of thousands of hours for American travelers every year, and boost U.S. manufacturing by investing hundreds of millions of dollars in next-generation, American-made locomotives and railcars," Vice President Joe Biden said in a news release.

Jobs? Easy travel? We don't need such frivolities in the Sunshine State. We've got Rick Scott instead.
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Midnight Rider
Midnight Rider

Blame the democrats for not showing up to vote on election day. Plane and simple. Thanks for giving us rick scott you dumb libs.

Teri77
Teri77

Californians thank Gov. Scott for the additional 300 mil for the high speed rail project connecting Los Angeles to San Francisco, and the jobs creation. It will be extremely popular and I've personally been looking forward to it for some time. Keep on fanny-kissing those Koch Brothers and Teapublicans! It sure works out nicely for us reality-based folks.

Getem2 the can
Getem2 the can

There is a missing word in my below comment:

between he and a is the word is.

Yes, he is a lawyer. Get the f... of the phone line.Or is that job creation to sit on phone line?

Randall Halton
Randall Halton

Yes he a lawyer with a degree from "Southern Methodist University". I ask you, just what is the methodology of a religious school having a law school? Surly most of the citizens of the USA willsay that the American political system has been DAMAGED. A missing comprehension and lack of literacy on the part of both the political members and those stomping their feet after making a monitary contribution. Most dont understand and what is important is moot. The 1st amendment, states , Congress shall make no law respecting religion.........................! So therefore the respect to those whom are not prevey to the seperation of church and state and goverment operation are a side show of a multi generational obstructionest. With each generation more intolerance surfaces as well as more social promanence. This being said , we would say that any group of people that would lobby for a constitiutional change as what occured in Florida should understand the word "constitution". Government opperation isnt about providing to those citizens a way around but a paramiter for the citizen to be confident in political members actions. And they are compelled to provide that. So the days of the underground railroad are over, but in Florida the railroad industry tried 4 times to do a High speed rail and the time before this last issue the voters of Florida voted to repeal the Const. admendment. And yes CSX & CSXT and the enities they own were the lobby leaders. And yes they are religiously tilted and most for the high speed rail projects are a waste of time when compairing other modes of transportation in these modern times. I sure hope they dont come try to arrest me again. I dislike dealing with retards and stupid dogs that retaliate and lie. And worse that arrest is over so why are these rail mobsters stiil coming around and bothering me and others.

Billy
Billy

Looking back at my post, I was wrong. We lost as well because is was OUR federal tax dollars they gave away.

Billy
Billy

Good. We didn't lose. They did. What a huge waste of cash.

Dave E
Dave E

They should be trying to get Boeing to move to the Space Coast and save some of those jobs Obama destroyed! Priorities Darling.

Hellvis
Hellvis

comment counter is wrong before you expand the article.

Gatorfl
Gatorfl

My thoughts on high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando are pretty well-known here on the Pulp. This is nothing other than a boondoggle. I'm glad the Gov rejected the funds.

Virgil Starkwell
Virgil Starkwell

I understand the Governor prefers spaceships designed and built on his home planet This is the first known case of inter-galactic cronyism.

Hellvis
Hellvis

As a Native Floridian I agree we dont need a high speed rail, especially from Tampa to Orlando.

Joe6
Joe6

That train was never going to come in at 2 billion. It would cost triple the price with Florida having to pick up the rest. Families are going to rent a car to see Disney etc not get on some dumbass train. They do that now and and a train won't change it

Socialists love trains because they are collectivist cattle cars under Gubbermint control with more drones, hacks and affirmative action hires scoring gov't jobs to run those trains

Families prefer to get in a rent a car and poke around and see things on their own schedules

parkland man
parkland man

scott is a low life lawyer what did you expect.

skydove
skydove

This is how the First Amendment really begins:

"Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; . . ."

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Well then, the jury is in. You don't want it. I have no idea what Native Floridian status has to do with the issue, but with your recommendation , I can rest at ease that Guv Ricky is not as much of an A hole, as I thought he was. See, I thought it was a disastrously incompetent, self serving decision by him and just a suck up to the highway builders and offshore drilling fossil fuel forever crowd.

Randall Halton
Randall Halton

Yes you are so right and I didnt apply the quotation's nor use the word "establishment". And you did indeed further the amendment to a point where by you saw a split infinitive............... . The word establishment has been contraversial in the past and surly continues to be contraversial. This is noted in most non religious legal books and can be reviewed in the Wiikipedia statement of the 1st amendment.

Hellvis
Hellvis

It means I have been in Florida most likely a lot longer than you have. People in Florida dont ride trains. And if they did, the most logical route would be Downtown Miami to downtown Ft Laud. , WPB then Orlando. Not Tampa to Orlando.

Gatorfl
Gatorfl

Can you please explain the benefits of high speed rail between Tampa and Orlando?

KennyPowersSays
KennyPowersSays

Well, you have most likely made an invalid assumption about me. Born and raised here. Your Florida resident status does not make you an expert. Maybe you and Gatorfl are unfamiliar with the traffic flow between Orlando & Tampa area. Try driving I-4. Many people commute quite regularly. That route is a very logical one. It was to be the first link between a proposed Tampa-Orlando-Miami route. If people in Florida don't ride trains, it is due to the fact that their are very few commuter trains in this piss poor state. Every civilized country in the world has commuter rail service except this one. Must be a bad idea, huh?

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