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Florida lawmakers want governor to take Feds' high-speed rail money
The Hill ^ | 03/01/11 11:42 AM ET | Keith Laing

Posted on 03/01/2011 10:36:05 AM PST by BradtotheBone

State lawmakers in Florida are threatening to sue GOP Gov. Rick Scott over his refusal to take $2.4 billion in high-speed rail money.

The fight in Florida comes amid a renewed push by President Obama on high-speed rail, which the White House has identified as a key investment in the nation’s future.

Scott describes the $2.4 billion the federal government has offered his state a “federal boondoggle” and has refused to accept the money to build a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando.

Republicans in Washington have also criticized Obama’s proposal to spend on high-speed rail at a time of record deficits. The White House argues the investment in rail would help the nation’s economic growth.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood has repeatedly extended the timeframe for Scott to accept the funds, only to be denied.

“It's time to play hardball,” Democratic Florida state Rep. Scott Randolph told Orlando TV station WESH in a Monday report. The station reported that two other state lawmakers – one Democrat and one Republican – are considering a lawsuit to force Scott to accept the money.

“It's a tough situation for the legislature but I think at some point in time, members of his own party are going to have to stand up and say that we are an independent branch of government, and you're going to respect us,” he told the station.

(Excerpt) Read more at thehill.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Government; US: Florida
KEYWORDS: broke; fl; florida; highspeedrail; scott; trains; willie

1 posted on 03/01/2011 10:36:08 AM PST by BradtotheBone
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To: BradtotheBone

liberals/demos have a lot in common with pimps.


2 posted on 03/01/2011 10:38:08 AM PST by bareford101 ("Aslan's on the move." The Last Battle-CS Lewis)
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To: BradtotheBone

Stimulus funds should be allotted fairly to all 50 states with no strings attached.

Or better yet the funds should be returned and used to pay down the debt!!!


3 posted on 03/01/2011 10:39:05 AM PST by proudpapa
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To: BradtotheBone

LOL Yeah, we are very worried!

ID 2 more idiots for the next slaughter. I mean election.


4 posted on 03/01/2011 10:39:54 AM PST by bill1952 (Choice is an illusion created between those with power - and those without)
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To: BradtotheBone

Yet more rewards from Obama to his union supporters. That’s all this is — has nothing really to do with high speed rail.


5 posted on 03/01/2011 10:41:37 AM PST by fatnotlazy
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To: BradtotheBone

Libs want to sue the Governor of Florida for doing his job. Jeez, what a bunch of idiots.


6 posted on 03/01/2011 10:42:22 AM PST by Thermalseeker (The theft being perpetrated by Congress and the Fed makes Bernie Maddoff look like a pickpocket.)
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To: JulieRNR21; kinganamort; katherineisgreat; floriduh voter; summer; Goldwater Girl; windchime; ...

Florida Freeper


7 posted on 03/01/2011 10:43:02 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: BradtotheBone

Gee, hard to imagine why the U.S. is flat broke.


8 posted on 03/01/2011 10:44:13 AM PST by Wolfie
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To: BradtotheBone

Hilarious. The Rats are just fit to be tied over losing this money they can use to prop up their union thug buddies with no show jobs. Looks like the train has left the station for that.


9 posted on 03/01/2011 10:46:01 AM PST by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: BradtotheBone

Mica need a Tea Party....time for him to go.


10 posted on 03/01/2011 10:48:21 AM PST by ken5050 (Admin Moderators rule!!!!)
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To: bareford101
liberals/demos have a lot in common with pimps.

They are a unique breed...they are both pimps and whores at the same time.

11 posted on 03/01/2011 10:48:48 AM PST by Scott from the Left Coast
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To: BradtotheBone

Why should Florida take a white elephant? Those trains almost never make money - and will cost the taxpayers for years... ( I believe two trains in Japan make money - the rest of the maglev’s lose money)


12 posted on 03/01/2011 10:52:34 AM PST by GOPJ (http://hisz.rsoe.hu/alertmap/index2.php - It's only uncivil when someone on the right does it.- Laz)
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To: Joe Brower

You know why don’t you?
1. A few politically connected individuals, mostly Democrats, stand to make a lot of money.
2. It gets us out of our vehicles and on to “mass transportation” where we are easier to control.


13 posted on 03/01/2011 10:53:19 AM PST by sport
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To: BradtotheBone

Just what part of NO do they not understand?.............


14 posted on 03/01/2011 10:54:03 AM PST by Red Badger (Want to be surprised? Google your own name. Want to have fun? Google your friend's names.....)
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To: sport
George Will recently penned a surprisingly good column dealing with your point #2.
15 posted on 03/01/2011 10:59:47 AM PST by Joe Brower (Sheep have three speeds: "graze", "stampede" and "cower".)
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To: BradtotheBone

They should take it and use it to build an oil refinery with a very very very short high speed rail attached.

Only you can’t call the oil refinery an oil refinery. Call it a high speed rail alternative energy source refinement system.


16 posted on 03/01/2011 11:26:10 AM PST by DannyTN
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To: BradtotheBone

In 2000 Gov. Bush vetoed a high speed rail bill. In 2004 backers sought a state wide referendum and the voters shot it down. Then in 2010 the lawmakers passed another bill and Christ signed it. WTF? How can a bill continue to be brought for a vote after being shot down so many times? And in doing so go against the voters in the state? I am so sad to see our country on the road to ruins and the speed at which it is happening.


17 posted on 03/01/2011 12:42:23 PM PST by bbernard
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To: BradtotheBone

Is this what we’ve come to? The Legislative Branch turning to the Judicial Branch to force the Executive Branch to do something he does not want to do?

If so, we’re DOOOOOOOMED!


18 posted on 03/01/2011 1:13:26 PM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: BradtotheBone; Joe Brower

according to local news report the suit has been filed, I don’t have time right now to look up and post new update


19 posted on 03/01/2011 1:48:00 PM PST by tutstar
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To: BradtotheBone

I think they should take the money and make improvements to the roads leading to the proposed railway terminal now


20 posted on 03/01/2011 1:53:23 PM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. N.C. D.E. +12 ....( History is a process, not an event ))
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To: bareford101

They have more in common with addicts. They are addicted to OPM, other people’s money.


21 posted on 03/01/2011 4:50:49 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Islam is the religion of Satan and Mohammed was his minion.)
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To: bbernard; BradtotheBone

I would take the money to get all our electrical harness cable hanging in the air “buried” underground like in Scandinavia!!!


22 posted on 03/04/2011 8:32:21 AM PST by danamco (-)
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