Scott Kills High Speed Rail

By: Mike Vasilinda Email
By: Mike Vasilinda Email

Tallahassee, FL - Florida has flirted with high speed rail since 1983 when then-Governor Bob Graham traveled to Japan.

The latest plan wold have built a system between Tampa and Orlando, with federal and private money. Referring to taxpayers as investors, Governor Rick Scott says the plan is just too risky.

“The truth is, this plan would be far too costly to taxpayers. And I believe the risks far outweigh the benefits,” Scott said.

Scott questioned ridership studies and accused the Obama administration of reckless spending. But unions, who supported the plan, say Florida’s jobs governor is anything but.

“There is a total of 48,000 jobs anticipated to have been created as spin-off from all the different economic activity that would take place whenever you create some type of new infrastructure like high-speed rail,” Rich Templin with the Florida AFL-CIO said.

Scott’s decision leaves in limbo a commuter rail system in Central Florida. That system was supposed to be a feeder for high-speed rail.

Scott put the commuter rail contracts on hold shortly after taking office.

Republican and Democratic legislators who represent both ends of the proposed line are criticizing the decision.

“Oh, I’m very concerned,” Rep. Dwayne Taylor (D-Volusia County) said. “Because we worked very hard to try to secure those dollars because we knew that this would mean jobs for the citizens of our state.”

Legislative leadership was publicly muted on the give back, but privately unhappy. They were given only 5 minutes advance notice of the decision.


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  • by Kim Location: Tally on Feb 17, 2011 at 02:48 PM
    @ oh please! Nothing was said about forced labor or deciding on who is or is not a criminal. It was only stated that death row should be cleared out. I am not against forced labor if you use inmates though, if that's what you mean. @ Jenny this is not face book or high school! That comment sure says a lot about you. I suppose when you agree with someones comment you get a room and jump in bed with them. Ugh......shame shame......we all know your name! Hahahaha
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:58 PM
    oh please, I think lip cheese meant clear out death row by executions, not labor camps.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:56 PM
    Have any of you people even been to Orlando or Tampa? It's not like Tally. People do use public transportation down there. I go to both places several times a year and you people do not know what you are talking about. The poster who said that no one would use it because they would need a car or bus in Orlando, ALL the hotels in the park are of Orlando have shuttles to the parks and other attractions, so why would you need a car? Most of the visitors to Orlando are foreigners and are used to public transportation. Whoever said you could drive from Orlando to Tampa in an 1 1/2 hours is right if you try it a 4:0oam, otherwise it will probably take you over an hour just to clear Orlando/Tampa traffic. My travel time is usually closer to twice that. To the folks that say the state will be left footing the bill after the fed money is gone, private industries have contracted to pay for costs, check your facts.
  • by Mary gobacktoschool on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:46 PM
    Mary, I believe you meant "Go back to school and learn HOW to spell" Oh yeah Scott is a thief, and a criminal
  • by jenny Location: fl on Feb 17, 2011 at 01:33 PM
    kim you and the cheese get a room.
  • by Anonymus on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:55 PM
    Peter- The state of New York is going to need a hell of a lot more than two billion dollars to prevent that snakepit from bankuptcy. And yes EVERY state will have to pay for it, not just Florida.
  • by oh please! Location: crawfordville on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:48 PM
    @kim, Lip cheese was not the first to think of that. Stalin used forced labor to build projects, it was called the Gulag. Scary stuff, considering Stalin got to decide who was a "criminal", basically anyone who opposed his view. I sure hope we don't ever come to that.
  • by Kim Location: Tally on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:25 PM
    I'm electing Lip Cheese our new Governor! He makes the most sense!
  • by oh please! Location: crawfordville on Feb 17, 2011 at 12:17 PM
    This 48,000 jobs anticipated sounds like some made up statistic from the AFL-CIO without facts to back it up. Now everyone is quoting it as if it were true gospel. If this idea were remotely profitable, private enterprise would be building it. Since it is a money sinkhole, only the government would fund it and since I fund the government (AND SO DO ALL OF YOU), I'm all for this deletion.
  • by Franklin Thompson Location: Tallahassee on Feb 17, 2011 at 09:51 AM
    To Chris: The kind of thinking that causes one to say that $300,000,000, to government, is 'chump change' is why governments have gotten to where they are now; slap broke because of wasting money and wanting more.
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