Skip to comments.Scott turns down $2 billion in federal rail money [Gov of Florida]
Posted on 02/16/2011 7:09:50 AM PST by driftdiver
Gov. Rick Scott has turned down more than $2 billion in federal money for a high-speed rail project that would link Tampa and Orlando.
"The truth is that this project would be far too costly to taxpayers and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits,'' Scott said this morning in a release announcing his decision to turn down the rail money.
Scott said he weighed three main points in deciding to turn down the money:
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Good for him.
The liberal heads are exploding all over the internet with this announcement. He did the right thing. NO ONE will ride this thing except subsidized welfare recipients.
Just heard this on Fox News. WAY TO GO RICK SCOTT!!!
Was gonna say the same thing. We don’t need a stinkin’ 2 billion dollar train.
I love good news in the morning.
FINALLY, the adults are in charge again.
Charlie Crist would have been in front of every TV camera today - accepting the federal money (with a noose attached to it) - telling us all how wonderful Obama was...
THANK GOD HE IS GONE ! Gone to be an ambulance chasing attorney !
I’m loving Gov. Rick Scott ! (Florida’s Chris Christy w/o out the extra pounds, abrasiveness, and self-bloviation)
Good for him. A public official turning down a turn at the Federal teat is a keeper.
Proud to be a Floridian today. Scott is serious about fixing Florida’s woes. screw obama and his minions.
I bet Charlie would have screwed Florida and took the money and Florida would be on the hook.
Every governor should go through their entire budgets to see how many other projects exist where taking the federal bait is not worth getting a barbed hook through your lip.
Crist is baaaaack.
He was on CNBC this morning as part of a slate for a hostile takeover of a florida land company.
Crist is going to be on later today on CNBC in person.
seems like Crist is pushing to rehab his image into a good little corporate democrat.
That’s exactly what drove New Jersey governor Chris Christie to cancel the ARC rail tunnel project a few months ago.
great ! ... How about a tax refund with that $2 Billion ... oh wait its not the TAXPAYERS money.. likely it is Ben Bernakes created funny money... good Job Gov. Scott ! Now if every GOV would do this we might just get this spending thing under control a bit.. sadly this $2B is barley a drop of water in the OCEAN of DEBT !
Exactly. Temporary jobs for temp workers. Then they will be out of a job when they are done with the project. Then Florida will have to pay for their unemployment checks and the unions will kill us about jobs lost.
Nobody will ride it and it will be yet another money loser just like Amtrak. No thanks.
this is the train with the analysis that said it would be cheeper to hire a private car and driver FOR LIFE of the expected ridership.
As for the argument that Disney would use this, Disney has their own bus system they use and they keep their people on the Disney property.
So instead of the money being saved.. it's just being spent elsewhere.
Good. I’m very much in favor of improving our trains in Florida, but this was an absolute boondoggle. There was no need for the route and it was mystifying to me why they even thought of this.
I wonder what Congress critter was lining his pockets on this one? (It’s been in the works for years and years.)
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