Wednesday, February 16, 2011

Fla. gov kills high-speed rail

The news just gets better and better. Gov. Rick Scott decided to kill high-speed rail in Florida, along with the 24,000 jobs expected to go with it. He hasn't made many people happy with the decision. According to CBS,

Both Democrats and Republicans from Florida are balking at Florida Gov. Rick Scott's decision to reject $2.4 billion in federal aid to build a high-speed train line between Orlando and Tampa -- and one senator is even trying to completely bypass the Republican governor's opposition to the project.

Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson spoke with U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood today about financing the Tampa-Orlando rail line without the state government's involvement, the Palm Beach Post reports.

"We are exploring... how we could keep this project going forward since the state of Florida will not participate," Nelson told the Post. "We have the lawyers researching it."

As one of our brothers in the Teamsers Rail Conference said,
Well, Scott is a former CEO and shortsightedness works for improving the quarterly and annual reports in the private sector. But he is no longer running a business, he is Governor and charged with providing services the private sector refuses to do and do not requires a profit/loss statement.