Skip to comments.Senators’ Bid to Force Governor to Accept High-Speed Rail Money Fails
Posted on 03/05/2011 6:29:01 PM PST by John Semmens
The effort of State Senator Thad Altman (R) and Arthenia Joyner (D) to have the court compel Governor Rick Scott (R) to accept $2.4 billion in federal money for the construction of high-speed rail in the state was unanimously rejected when the Florida Supreme Court ruled that by both federal and state law, the Governor is authorized to make this decision.
Senator Altman called the decision devastating for the State of Florida. Perhaps the Governor is within his legal rights to reject this money, but the consequences will be felt by every person in the state. Even if the Governor is right about future operating losses, we shouldnt pass up the money that can be made just by building it.
The Governor rejection of the federal aid cited the states fiscal difficulties as his rationale. The $2.4 billion is only a minor part of the estimated $11 billion total construction cost, Scott recounted. On top of that there would be annual operating deficits of $100 million or more. This financial albatross around the states neck is not what we need during these difficult economic times.
Senator Joyner disagreed with the Governors take. Constructing this rail line would mean jobs for Floridians right now, when we most need them, Joyner alleged. The state couldve borrowed its share of the matching funds required. How to pay back this money along with covering the operating losses is a decision that couldve been deferred to a future and, hopefully, more prosperous time.
Sure you dumb idiot!
Its kinda like the phone company giving you a $400 rebate check to switch and only to find out in your next bill that they were charging you at least twice what you were paying before, but only now you are stuck in a LONG CONTRACT and have to pay a huge penalty to get outta it!!
Yeah a Train Tampa to Orlando Brilliant\s How about the 2.4 Billion to drill for Oil?
Good one John.
Wish we had Rick Scott in VA.
Senator Joyner disagreed with the Governors take. Constructing this rail line would mean jobs for Floridians right now, when we most need them, Joyner alleged.
That’s not why she’s fighting for O-B-A-M-A-R-A-I-L.
On a roll today, you are...
In the original Greek it is less obvious that this is satire.
I thought this was real too.
Are you an ex-CIA guy?
love the payment deferral to a “hopefully” more prosperous time!
BUT, while you KNOW I adore your satire, after reading the whole page, my favorite part was “House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif).” Man, do I like how that reads!
The most reasonable explanation I have been offered does not originate from its proponents, but from its opponents. And that explanation is basically that rail is a collective, centrally-planned-and-controlled alternative to individual locomotion.
And it can be claimed to run on time via the good graces of a central authority.
I find this both compelling and disturbing, given the historical precedent.
Come for the article, stay for the people who don’t realize that it’s satire.
From your Madigan satire
f people know which of their neighbors have guns they can help point them out to authorities if a weapons round-up is desired. There are many anti-government nuts who wouldnt hesitate to use their weapons against what they imagine to be government tyranny. An orderly disarming of these people will save many lives. This is another big plus.
John both of these are so close to the truth that ,,,,,, I would laugh except these bums actually think like this
Ha! Waited a while to ping the list, huh? lol
I don’t blame you. I love reading the replies to your threads. ;o)
This is a ‘nuther good ‘un.
So far I’m glad I voted for Scott.
Keep it up Govenor, you’re pissing off the libs and president odumbo so ya must be doing something right.
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