Thursday, February 24, 2011

High-Speed Rail Talks Going Nowhere

The Department of Transportation have held discussions with Gov. Rick Scott's office for the past two days. There is no indication that Scott is going to change his mind on the Orlando to Tampa high-speed rail line.

"Nothing in the discussions so far alleviates the governor's concerns that Florida's state taxpayers would still be on the hook," spokesman Brian Hughes said.

Scott has faced criticism from members of his own party for making the decision before the bidding process and cost projection study was completed. What influenced Scott's decision was a meeting with Sharon Calbert of the Tampa Tea Party and Karen Jaroch of the Tampa 9-12 Project. The Tea Party activists urged Scott to kill the high-speed rail project. Scott makes his policy decisions based on politics. Little things like facts don't concern him.

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