Take my shiny new train…please

We did a post last week about Florida Governor Rick Scott rejecting $2.4 billion of your money “granted” to the state to build a high speed rail between Orlando International Airport and Tampa.  After the Governor’s decision, Secretary of Transportation, Ray LaHood, announced that he would give Florida until today to “reconsider”.

Yesterday, Governor Scott politely said “no” again, as he said he had seen nothing in the interim that would convince him that Florida taxpayers wouldn’t be on the hook for the assured cost overruns from construction, and the assured deficits from operation.

So, today, Mr. LaHood gave Florida yet another week to “reconsider” the decision.

The federal government is broke.  The state of Florida is facing a $3.6 billion budget deficit.  Meanwhile, this administration seems oblivious to those facts. 

Shiny trains aren’t the answer.  Fiscal responsibility is.

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The Sound Off Sister was an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of Florida, and special trial attorney for the Department of Justice, Criminal Division; a partner in the Florida law firm of Shutts & Bowen, and an adjunct professor at the University of Miami, School of Law. The Sound Off Sister offers frequent commentary concerning legislation making its way through Congress, including the health reform legislation passed in early 2010.


  1. crystal4 on February 25, 2011 at 1:35 pm

    Will take-thanks FL!

    Malloy ran down to Dc to ask for that money FL refused.

    Malloy said: "We need to be progressive, and maximizing the use of this existing rail corridor, one that the state already owns, really is a no-brainer. This is the best solution for reducing the stagnating traffic congestion along Interstate 91. It will help keep the air we breathe cleaner, and it will offer our state the best chance to attract new businesses and create new jobs.

  2. Dimsdale on February 25, 2011 at 1:55 pm

    Crystal, you miss the point yet again!  The federal government money comes with both strings and assured cost overruns (see "Big Dig" in Boston for reference).  How many businesses use commuter rail?  Commuters do, but if the business relocates to CT, then the need for the train diminishes.


    If Florida doesn't want it, that is their business.  If Malloy wants to take it, then let him do so, but guarantee no cost overruns.

  3. Plainvillian on February 26, 2011 at 2:08 pm

    Businesses go where they can make the most profit.  Why would any business choose a high tax, high regulation state with commuter rail over a low tax, low regulation state?  Only a delusional politician would propose commuter rail as something that would attract new businesses to Corrupticut.  Look for Malloy to be elected to a second term by a similarly delusional electorate.

  4. pauldow on February 26, 2011 at 3:48 pm

    Florida's not the only state that is giving back federal money.

    Here's a list of other states, along with the projects they decided against.

    It's not called America's Finest News Source for nothing.

  5. phil on February 27, 2011 at 3:13 am

    Whether Florida wastes our money, or Connecticut wastes our money, "It IS our money!"  Thank you, Mr Cavuto

  6. Wayne SW on February 27, 2011 at 8:34 am

    The last dying gasp of those Liberal Progressive Socialist Weenies is:

    1) Green Jobs

    2) High Speed Rail

    If the market demands it, then private sector will develop it.

    When Politicians want it, they find a way to make it feasible and confiscate our money to fuel their own feel good-ism.l  We need to vote out tax and spend incumbents.  STOP SPENDING!!!

  7. Don Lombardo on February 28, 2011 at 6:05 am

    Malloy couldn't get to DC fast enough to kiss Obama's "CHEEKS."

  8. Lynn on March 1, 2011 at 2:01 am

    I wish we were smart enough to have Governor Scott in CT. It really is time to jump ship


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