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.