Oral Arguments Set in Rail Case

By: Whitney Ray
By: Whitney Ray

Tallahassee, FL - The future of high speed rail is now in the hands of the justices of the Florida Supreme Court after two lawmakers filed suit Tuesday, claiming Scott can’t stop rail by himself…

“Not a monarchy, he’s not a king. This is a democracy,” said Senator Arthenia Joyner.

Scott defended the decision on Fox News Wednesday morning. He also told the hosts that high speed rail would only create temporary jobs. Not true says AFL-CIO Legislative Directory Rich Templin. The 2.7 billion dollar project is expected to create 48-thousand jobs. About half are construction jobs.

“No way that you’re not going to create all types of small businesses both in tourism and in other support services for the rail line,” said Templin.

Wednesday Scott also filed this response to the suit. In it, he argues the decision is all his. In 2008 lawmakers took Governor Charlie Crist to court over a deal he inked with the Seminole Indian Tribe to expand gaming. Lawmakers won.

It’s a primary function of the Supreme Court’s to resolve matters between the legislature and the executive branch. Justices have been known to throw out cases that wreck of politics or where lawmakers are acting outside of the wishes of a majority of the legislative body.

But in this case the suit is bi-partisan and even though the Senate President isn’t offering his support both lawmakers represent districts directly impacted by Scott’s decision. Oral arguments have been set for 3:00 EST tomorrow afternoon. Each side will be given 20 minutes. Proponents of rail hope the justices rule quickly.


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  • by GV Location: Ga on Mar 3, 2011 at 10:04 AM
    I can't wait to be able to jump on this high speed rail and travel from tallahassee to orlando,tampa,miami,jacksonville,and to the fl keys.Even the new governor will be able to use this to travel all around the state instead of having to furnish his own airplane or have the state but a new one.
  • by Franklin Thompson Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2011 at 06:10 AM
    Does anyone realize that this is taxpayers money which means the Florida Legislature will have to get more money in addition to the money coming from the feds? There's a 3B dollar hole in the budget they are trying to close now. This project is as worthless as the Gaines street $41,000,000 and Cascades Park $15,000,000 fiascoes.
  • by Mike Location: Tallahassee on Mar 3, 2011 at 05:06 AM
    High Speed Rail is coming in this country and it is needed. The money is going to us or another state. Refusing it won't cut the federal debt. The question is does Florida build now with Federal money to help or do we do it on our own 5 or 10 years down the road when it will cost much more to do?
  • by tom Location: madison on Mar 3, 2011 at 03:50 AM
    well said jm
  • by JM on Mar 2, 2011 at 04:46 PM
    They should not waste time on this stupid trial. Governor Scott is right. This train is as ridiculous as our infamous turtle tunnel. With a federal debt of over 14 trillion dollars, there are no federal funds unless the fed keeps printing their funny money.
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