TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – The Florida Supreme Court is awaiting a response from Gov. Rick Scott to a lawsuit challenging his refusal to accept $2.4 billion in federal money for a Tampa-Orlando high speed rail project.
The Republican governor has until noon Wednesday to reply to the bipartisan suit.
State Sens. Arthenia Joyner, a Democrat, and Thad Altman, a Republican, claim Florida law gives Scott no choice but to accept the stimulus funding.
Scott says he won't do it because Florida taxpayers may be stuck with billions in cost overruns and subsidies.
U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood says a revised plan for local management of the project would absolve the state of liability. LaHood has given Scott has until Friday to accept the deal.
IDK. Considering the cost to taxpayers is part of his job. I would probably care more if I still lived in Florida. I would worry about how many people would utilize a high speed rail (yes, even in a destination state with attractions like Disney world / sea world / etc). State subsidy for public transit is almost a given so it will end up costing the taxpayers in some way. FL doesn't have state income tax, but throwing something like this at them could push them over the edge and they would start losing residents (read tax payers). I would probably not be in favor or accepting the money if I lived there.
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I live right outside of Tampa, and most of the people do want this. We do need to progress and keep up with the rest of the world. This will create jobs, and be great for our local business owners. This area has huge tourism. Scott is a tea party governor, he is going to stick to the message the tea party wants, instead of doing what is best for his state.
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