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Scott turns down $2 billion in federal rail money [Gov of Florida]
Tampa Bay Online ^ | Feb 16, 2011 | Jim Reed/Staff

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:

(Excerpt) Read more at 2.tbo.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Government; Politics/Elections; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: fl; florida; governorscott; govscott; highspeedrail; obamachoochoo; orlando; rail; scott; tampa
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YAAYYYY!
1 posted on 02/16/2011 7:09:51 AM PST by driftdiver
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To: driftdiver

Good for him.


2 posted on 02/16/2011 7:12:31 AM PST by Tulane
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To: driftdiver

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.


3 posted on 02/16/2011 7:14:32 AM PST by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: driftdiver

Just heard this on Fox News. WAY TO GO RICK SCOTT!!!


4 posted on 02/16/2011 7:14:48 AM PST by sheikdetailfeather ("Kick The Communists Out Of Your Govt. And Don't Accept Their Goodies"-Yuri Bezmenov-KGB Defector)
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To: Tulane

Was gonna say the same thing. We don’t need a stinkin’ 2 billion dollar train.


5 posted on 02/16/2011 7:15:40 AM PST by goseminoles
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To: driftdiver

I love good news in the morning.


6 posted on 02/16/2011 7:17:40 AM PST by Eye of Unk ("These people are either at your neck or at your knees" A quote by Winston Churchill)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


7 posted on 02/16/2011 7:18:50 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: driftdiver
Thus far I'm glad I voted for the guy.
8 posted on 02/16/2011 7:20:18 AM PST by diverteach (If I find liberals in heaven after my death.....I WILL BE PISSED!!!)
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To: driftdiver

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)


9 posted on 02/16/2011 7:22:08 AM PST by Reagan69 (I went to a shooting-victims' memorial service and all I got was a lousy T-shirt !)
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To: driftdiver

Good for him. A public official turning down a turn at the Federal teat is a keeper.


10 posted on 02/16/2011 7:22:51 AM PST by AD from SpringBay (We deserve the government we allow.)
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To: AD from SpringBay

Proud to be a Floridian today. Scott is serious about fixing Florida’s woes. screw obama and his minions.


11 posted on 02/16/2011 7:26:52 AM PST by George from New England (Escaped CT in 2006, now living north of Tampa)
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To: AD from SpringBay

I bet Charlie would have screwed Florida and took the money and Florida would be on the hook.


12 posted on 02/16/2011 7:27:56 AM PST by scooby321
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To: goseminoles
It would be a bargain if the feds gave $2 billion for a train which only cost $2 billion dollars. The initial optimistic estimates required the state to toss on an additional $3 billion. But every government program has horrible overruns on the costs to build it and run it along with far fewer people paying to use it so the final cost to the people of Florida would probably be a lot more than that $3 billion.

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.

13 posted on 02/16/2011 7:30:02 AM PST by KarlInOhio (Washington is finally rid of the Kennedies. Free at last, thank God almighty we are free at last.)
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To: Reagan69

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.


14 posted on 02/16/2011 7:32:21 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: KarlInOhio

That’s exactly what drove New Jersey governor Chris Christie to cancel the ARC rail tunnel project a few months ago.


15 posted on 02/16/2011 7:32:36 AM PST by Alberta's Child ("If you touch my junk, I'm gonna have you arrested.")
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To: driftdiver

great ! ... How about a tax refund with that $2 Billion ... oh wait it’s not the TAXPAYERS money.. likely it is Ben Bernake’s “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 !


16 posted on 02/16/2011 7:36:07 AM PST by davidosborne (2012 will be the year of the INDEPENDENT CONSERVATIVE ! let's GOOOH !)
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To: poobear

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.


17 posted on 02/16/2011 7:36:19 AM PST by rep-always
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To: KarlInOhio

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.


18 posted on 02/16/2011 7:37:59 AM PST by longtermmemmory (VOTE! http://www.senate.gov and http://www.house.gov)
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To: driftdiver
It would be a great idea .... BUT liberal states like California are just taking the funds to further fund their projects.

So instead of the money being saved.. it's just being spent elsewhere.

19 posted on 02/16/2011 7:39:28 AM PST by TexasFreeper2009 (Obama = Epic Fail)
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To: driftdiver

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.)


20 posted on 02/16/2011 7:50:54 AM PST by livius
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To: NautiNurse; tiredoflaundry

Our new governor is infuriating ALL the right people!

I held my nose when I voted for him- but so far I’m really pleased!


21 posted on 02/16/2011 7:51:40 AM PST by SE Mom (Proud mom of an Iraq war combat vet)
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To: driftdiver
GREAT SCOTT!

Leni

22 posted on 02/16/2011 7:52:53 AM PST by MinuteGal (OK, BOR...NAME the "far-rightists" you always morally compare to the far-leftists. Name names, NOW!)
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To: driftdiver

Somewhere, a man named Willie is trying to keep his head form going “BOOM!”


23 posted on 02/16/2011 7:52:53 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: driftdiver

Nice one by Rick Scott. Come one FL - get on illegal immigration and get a BC check for the primaries ASAP.


24 posted on 02/16/2011 7:58:58 AM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: driftdiver
Great news for our state!!

If this is built - you'll have to rent a car when you get to your destination anyway.

The time saved using this stupid idea train is not worth what it will cost us in the longrun!!

25 posted on 02/16/2011 8:07:26 AM PST by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world.. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: livius

Our trains in Florida? Freight trains do just fine in FL. Passenger rail is a joke.


26 posted on 02/16/2011 8:07:37 AM PST by Frantzie (HD TV - Total Brain-washing now in High Def. 3-D Coming soon)
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To: driftdiver

Unfortunately, the money will just be transferred over to another state to a governor who will gladly partake at the guv’ment teat.


27 posted on 02/16/2011 8:08:48 AM PST by crusty old prospector
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To: driftdiver

Here is Portlandia, officials are excited about the possibility of getting $200 million for light rail, even though the cost is $1.5 billion...and we all know just how much extra cash we have laying around to throw into money-losing projects.


28 posted on 02/16/2011 8:15:43 AM PST by fightin bronco (Good order results spontaneously when things are let alone)
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To: SE Mom
Same here...although I wasn't exactly "holding my nose" like I was for McCain '08.
Actually, it was Sarah Palin that I was voting for then.

All the liberal comments at the link are equating Gov. Rick Scott with the tea-party and THAT'S a good thing.

29 posted on 02/16/2011 8:21:25 AM PST by ExcursionGuy84
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Good for Gov. Scott! Now, we need to spread that scrutinizing mentality to CA where there is another ridiculous “high-speed rail” proposal.


30 posted on 02/16/2011 8:27:06 AM PST by NoRedTape
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To: driftdiver

OMG!!! Are you telling me that a Governor actually thought past cashing the check and took time to actually look at the long term effects? I am shocked!!!!


31 posted on 02/16/2011 8:28:15 AM PST by panthermom
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To: longtermmemmory

What Land Company?


32 posted on 02/16/2011 8:30:00 AM PST by panthermom
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To: goseminoles
We don’t need a stinkin’ 2 billion dollar train.

But what about saving the environment, and helping the poor that don't have transportation? /SARC

33 posted on 02/16/2011 8:30:56 AM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: driftdiver

Atlas Shrugs


34 posted on 02/16/2011 8:37:18 AM PST by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandWithArizona)
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To: rep-always
Exactly. Temporary jobs for temp workers.

More like temporary jobs for ILLEGAL ALIEN workers, as with this VA hospital in FL.

35 posted on 02/16/2011 8:42:06 AM PST by montag813 (http://www.facebook.com/StandWithArizona)
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To: poobear

The commission behind this train estimated tickets would be $20 per person one way.


36 posted on 02/16/2011 8:47:22 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

Most recent data shows CA only receiving 78 cents on the dollar for every dollar sent to Washington. I’m tired of paying outrageous taxes to support the welfare states. And yes I want it back. CA state taxes are beyond outrageous and uneccessarily so if we just got our due from the federal taxes. CA essentially pays for the welfare states. End of story.


37 posted on 02/16/2011 9:02:57 AM PST by Bogeygolfer
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To: driftdiver

I am proud of the new Governor and pray he stays the course, no matter what crap the lame stream throw at him.

Bravo, Governor Scott.


38 posted on 02/16/2011 9:05:50 AM PST by Mr. Jazzy (HA! Not even Bill Maher thinks Odumbo is a Christian! HAHAHAHAHA!)
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To: driftdiver
The commission behind this train estimated tickets would be $20 per person one way....

Perhaps the price would be $20 but the costs would be much more!!

39 posted on 02/16/2011 9:07:19 AM PST by mcmuffin ("Wanting your country back is not the same thing as working to take it back." JB Williams, Patriot U)
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To: mcmuffin

If the tickets were $4 people might use it. At $20 its cheaper to drive.

Never mind the lack of transportation when you arrive in Orlando


40 posted on 02/16/2011 9:09:34 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Yee friggin’ haw!!!!!


41 posted on 02/16/2011 9:15:44 AM PST by Bushbacker1 (I miss President Bush greatly! Palin in 2012! 2012 - The End Of An Error! (Oathkeeper))
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To: driftdiver

After reviewing a cost analysis for the Wisconsin HSR, Florida expected the costs to be somewhere in the $80 to $100 range. Oh, and the little tiny $3 billion dollar price to be paid back to the Feds.

“WISN 12 News obtained a copy of the Wisconsin DOT federal grant application. The DOT estimated one-way tickets to Madison would range from $22 to $33. But, the conservative Cato Institute calculated the cost to taxpayers would be much higher with a $68 per ticket subsidy, bringing the real cost of a one-way high-speed ticket to nearly a $100.”


42 posted on 02/16/2011 9:21:26 AM PST by poobear (FACTS - the turd in the punch bowl of liberal thought!)
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To: Willie Green

Ouch.


43 posted on 02/16/2011 9:39:45 AM PST by wheresmyusa (FTUN)
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To: driftdiver
This is great news. Good for Governor Scott.

According to this article he is getting a lot of heat for this decision.

I just used the contact form below to express my support for this decision.

http://www.flgov.com/contact-gov-scott/email-the-governor/

44 posted on 02/16/2011 10:45:56 AM PST by kara2008
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To: driftdiver

Good move! Now the federal government can use this money to to reduce the deficit...riiiight!


45 posted on 02/16/2011 10:51:31 AM PST by windsorknot
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To: Abathar

Whatever happened to Willie? I kinda miss his nonsense.

p.s. a quick search finds he was banned after preaching to Jim R.


46 posted on 02/16/2011 10:55:03 AM PST by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

Yep, he talked his way into a zot on that thread.

It was fun to watch, like a slow motion train wreck arguing with Jim. It wasn’t like he didn’t know it was coming either. I kind of miss him though, watching him trying to defend his choo-choo threads while being smacked down continuously was certainly entertaining.


47 posted on 02/16/2011 11:16:59 AM PST by Abathar (Proudly posting without reading the article carefully since 2004)
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To: driftdiver

Sanity prevails in Floriduh!


48 posted on 02/16/2011 11:26:03 AM PST by newzjunkey
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To: Bogeygolfer
I suppose a good chunk of the other $0.22 goes to pay for the military and a whole bunch of bloated govt. salaries.
49 posted on 02/16/2011 11:57:17 AM PST by WePledge (Semper Fidelis)
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To: TexasFreeper2009

“BUT liberal states like California are just taking the funds to further fund their projects. So instead of the money being saved.. it’s just being spent elsewhere. “

NOT TRUE! The California rail plan is in deep trouble also!

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2011/02/14/bullet-train/


50 posted on 02/16/2011 12:11:15 PM PST by 4FreeSpeach
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