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Opposed $2.4B federal funding of I-4 corridor

For almost 3 decades, Florida had been discussing high-speed rail [and we had finally negotiated a deal]: state-of-the-art trains racing along the median strip of Interstate 4 at 170 miles an hour between Tampa, Lakeland, and Orlando. Did I mention the feds were paying for everything? Yes, everything.

On February 16, 6 weeks after taking office, the new governor announced he was rejecting the entire $2.4 billion. Every last cent of it. "This project would be far too costly to taxpayers, and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits," he said.

Republicans in the Florida Legislature were shaking their heads. 26 state senators, a veto-proof majority and a rare coalition of Republicans and Democrats, signed a letter to Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood rebuking the new Tea Party governor and asking the US Department of Transportation to send the funds anyway. "Politics should have no place in the future of Florida's transportation," the senators wrote.

Source: The Party's Over, by Charlie Crist, p.303-5 , Feb 4, 2014

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