Rick Scott rejects high-speed rail funding - Tampa Bay leaders are critical listen02/16/11 SeÃ¡n Kinane
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Much of the reaction to Governor Rick Scottâ€™s 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 isnâ€™t in the financial position to refuse federal money.
The Democrat says Scottâ€™s decision means fewer jobs for the Tampa Bay area.
Governor Scott complained about the cost of the bullet train.
â€œPresident Obamaâ€™s high-speed rail program is not the answer to Floridaâ€™s economic recovery. We must make investments in areas where we will get a return for the shareholders â€“ Floridaâ€™s taxpayers.â€
But the Sierra Clubâ€™s regional representative Phil Compton criticizes Scottâ€™s step backward in trying to wean Florida off its addiction to fossil fuels.
â€œHigh-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 Scottâ€™s decision to reject the funding.
Tampa Mayor Pam Iorio criticizes that choice.