Florida Governor Rick Scott heard the message of the 2010 election loud and clear. Instead of taking $2.4 billion of federal pork to build a high speed rail line between Tampa, Lakeland and Orlando, Scott says no thanks to the federal government. If there is any place in the nation adverse to rail or public transportation it is the SUV/car -addicted I-4 corridor. Merely pouring billions into a high speed rail will not pry these folks from their cars. It was one of the worst places to blow billions of dollars on rail. While it may be true that the pork addicted states of New York or California may rush to the trough and take the money instead, at least Florida taxpayers won’t be on the hook for budget overruns and operating losses. Let California and New York dig their budget holes even deeper.
February 16, 2011 - 8:19 pm