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Mica Proposes Saving High Speed Rail: Sort Of

19 Feb 2011 3:58 AM | Jackson McQuigg (Administrator)

Representative John Mica is proposing saving a portion of the Tampa-Orlando high speed rail line killed off by Governor Rick Scott earlier this week.

But it is only the segment which runs through his district, from the Orange County Convention Center and Disney to the Orlando International Airport that he proposes saving. The line would no longer go to Tampa.

Other alternatives are afoot, including the creation of an independent, intergovernmental agency which can accept the Federal funds in place of the State of Florida, which bailed out of the project this week because of a unilateral action by the Governor.

Governor Scott continues to put idealogy and politics before the interests of his state and on Friday issued a conservative doctrinaire condemnation of President Obama's spending to justify his decision not to accept Federal grant money for the high speed line.

It is interesting to note that the Federal funds that Scott is "refusing" are actually Florida dollars. Florida citizens and corporations paid over $136 billion in taxes to the Federal government in 2007; approximately 90% of those dollars returned to Florida through Federal spending here.

From the Tampa Tribune:

http://www2.tbo.com/content/2011/feb/18/182242/scott-sticking-to-guns-on-high-speed-rail-decision/news-highspeedrail/

--Jackson McQuigg

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