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Florida Governor-elect Scott Pleased with Rail Money

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Fort Lauderdale, FL (AP) - Governor-elect Rick Scott is pleased with the federal government's commitment of $342 million more to Florida's planned high-speed rail line between Tampa and Orlando.

But the Republican indicated he's still not committed to it in a
statement released Thursday by his transition office in Fort
Lauderdale.

The latest allocation would give Florida nearly all of the $2.6
billion needed to build the route.

Scott, though, first wants to review its feasibility "in terms
of return to Florida's taxpayers" and find out the private
sector's interest in funding it.

The Obama administration is taking $1.2 billion away from Ohio
and Wisconsin, where incoming Republican governors oppose
high-speed rail, and awarding it to other states.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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