Skip to comments.Florida lawmakers want governor to take Feds' high-speed rail money
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 nations 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 Obamas proposal to spend on high-speed rail at a time of record deficits. The White House argues the investment in rail would help the nations 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.
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liberals/demos have a lot in common with pimps.
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!!!
LOL Yeah, we are very worried!
ID 2 more idiots for the next slaughter. I mean election.
Yet more rewards from Obama to his union supporters. That’s all this is — has nothing really to do with high speed rail.
Libs want to sue the Governor of Florida for doing his job. Jeez, what a bunch of idiots.
Gee, hard to imagine why the U.S. is flat broke.
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.
Mica need a Tea Party....time for him to go.
They are a unique breed...they are both pimps and whores at the same time.
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)
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.
Just what part of NO do they not understand?.............
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.
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.
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!
according to local news report the suit has been filed, I don’t have time right now to look up and post new update
I think they should take the money and make improvements to the roads leading to the proposed railway terminal now