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Florida governor sued over high-speed rail funds

By Agence France-Presse
Wednesday, March 2, 2011 8:41 EDT
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MIAMI — Lawmakers in Florida filed suit in state Supreme Court against Governor Rick Scott seeking to force him to use funds approved by the White House for high-speed rail.

The complaint put forward by Republican Thad Altman and Democrat Arthenia Joyner argues that a 2009 law approved construction of a high-speed train in Florida, to link Orlando and Tampa, for which the federal government approved $2.4 billion. They say the governor should be required to implement it.

Joyner stressed: “This isn’t a monarchy, and he isn’t a king.”

Scott however stressed that he believed the train would require the state of Florida to pay extra billions of dollars that would have to be taken from taxpayers.

Scott on February 16 also cited the burden to the state of potential cost overruns and expected subsidies in rejecting funds for the 84-mile (135-kilometer) track link between Tampa and Orlando.

Scott was the third Republican governor to block a major high-speed rail project in the past three months by rejecting federal supporting funds, crucial to get plans off the ground.

Newly elected governors in Ohio and Wisconsin also canceled rail projects already approved by their Democratic predecessors, saying the states could not afford the projects.

Scott’s announcement came just two days after Obama released a proposed fiscal 2012 budget that highlighted the need to spend billions to develop high-speed railways in key corridors to sustain the country’s economic recovery and boost the competitiveness of the country’s infrastructure.

The Florida move was the first concrete response to the White House announcement early this month of its $53 billion, six-year program to foster high-speed rail in key urban corridors.

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  • Anonymous

    Altman and Joyner are a few of the losers that we have had to contend with around here, acting as if Florida taxes are their personal property. Besides being completely incompetent to have their hands in a project so over their heads.

    The entire people of Florida VOTED overwhelmingly to boot this boondoggle out in 2005, when it first reared its ugly head.

    If I were them, I would start really worrying about the real estate and developer market, where most of our cash handouts have gone, because it looks as though the entire industry has no future here, being so many houses that no one wants, empty condos, deserted mini-malls and office buildings.

    These folks are completely incompetent and compulsively larcenous.

  • Anonymous

    It’s cheaper to build the rail now than later. But building the rail means jobs and Obama might get credit for creating those jobs. So Republicans do what they do best, they raise unemployment and ruin the economy.

  • Scuby

    There is one reason and one reason only that these GOP governors rejected funding for these rail systems. They don’t want Obama to succeed at ANYTHING, including creating jobs for people who desparately need one. Every calculation for republicans is a political one. They do not represent the interests of their constituents. They represent their own power and thats it!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_V6WYVVRQP5ZJYOOFPTX2Z2JL5Q dude

    well its a fucking stupid project. its only fucking 90s miles and the only thing in orlando worth a damn is disney. Jacksonville – tamp would make sense, as would a tallahassee – jacksonville – tampa line…….but tampa – orlando? come on, now.

  • Anonymous

    I recently came to Florida for a bit of escape from the White North. You’re completely right about the real estate markets. So many foreclosed house and deserted mini-malls. We should be demolishing them and replacing them with farmer’s markets and bicycle factories.

    What the papers in Tampa say about this joke of a governor is that not only is he trying to appeal to his Tea Party base, but he may also be positioning himself for a run in 2012. Stupid asshole. He could use this as a means to get elected; YES I reached across the aisle with Obama YES I created jobs and boosted the economy in the worst one in the country YES I am a giant douche.

    What a fucking asshole this guy is, when the dust settles China and Japan’s high speed rails are going to blow us out of the water, if they don’t already.

    HOW MUCH DID THE FIRST RAILROAD DO FOR JOBS IN THIS COUNTRY
    I mean, if you were Irish or Chinese and wanted to break your back.

  • Anonymous

    THAT DRUGGIE CRAZED CRIMINAL NEEDS TO BE SUED TO THE CLINKER OR BETTER YET,VAPORIZED..HE’S RUINING MY STATE…WE THE PEOPLE NEED TO PROTEST AND REVLOT AND OVERTHROW ALL THE RETHUGS AND 1/2 THE DIMWITTED DEMS WHO DON’T STAND UP FOR THE PEOPLE….THIS THUG IS DELETING THOUSANDS OF PEOPLE WHO NEED JOBS FROM THIS PROJECT AND IT WILL BENEFIT THE STATE GREATLY.

  • Anonymous

    Yeah why put it on the most heavily used travel corridor in Florida, that is just stupid. /sarcasm

    The plan would eventually link Miami and Jacksonville as well before heading out of state up the east coast. And if you think the only thing in Orlando is Disney you are confused, especially since Disney isn’t in Orlando.

  • Anonymous

    Governor Medicare Fraud made the local news again this morning by refusing to enforce a recent law aimed at controlling so-called “pain clinics” where out-of-staters go doctor shopping and load up on oxycodon pills that they bring back home to sell illegally. The story said that Florida does not keep records on those sorts of drug prescriptions like the other states do, so it has led to a proliferation of such pill mills. They say Florida’s sales of such pills is more than ten times the amount sold in all other states combined. Scott says keeping records on such purchases is an invasion of people’s privacy.

  • http://profiles.yahoo.com/u/3NVQSZZC5IM66JEOCSFJUV7FCE Jacques G

    What a bloody waste of track; Orlando to TAMPA??? Bleah.. They should run it from Ft Lauderdale/Miami to Key West!!!

  • Anonymous

    Maybe next time voters in Florida will think twice before voting for moron’s like this. I would have thought Floridians would have realized this after the Jeb Bush mess,

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