Rick Scott rejects high-speed rail funding - Tampa Bay leaders are critical
Much of the reaction to Governor Rick Scottâs decision to reject federal funds for the bullet train has been scathing. This afternoon four of the five candidates running for Tampa Mayor said Scott made the wrong decision.
Tampa-area U.S. Representative Kathy Castor says Florida isnât in the financial position to refuse federal money.
The Democrat says Scottâs decision means fewer jobs for the Tampa Bay area.
Governor Scott complained about the cost of the bullet train.
âPresident Obamaâs high-speed rail program is not the answer to Floridaâs economic recovery. We must make investments in areas where we will get a return for the shareholders â Floridaâs taxpayers.â
But the Sierra Clubâs regional representative Phil Compton criticizes Scottâs step backward in trying to wean Florida off its addiction to fossil fuels.
âHigh-speed rail would have created jobs and provided our state with an oil-free transportation option.â
When Republican governors in Ohio and Wisconsin rejected high-speed rail funding, it was disbursed to other states, like Florida. Now, other states, like California, could benefit from Scottâs decision to reject the funding.
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio criticizes that choice.comments powered by Disqus