Immediate Release (Palm Beach Gardens, FL) South Florida Tea Party (SFTP) officially stands in strong support of Florida Governor Rick Scott’s decision to reject High Speed Rail.
Governor Rick Scott officially sent a letter today to Ray LaHood, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, formally rejecting $2.4 Billion Dollars Federal Stimulus money for the High Speed Rail Project. In the letter Scott outlines his argument against spending the money and gives suggestions to projects where Scott feels their is a need and would create jobs.
The tea party movement has been fighting the High Speed Rail Project for the last couple of years, because of the massive financial burden placed on taxpayers. Opponents to the High Speed Rail Project quickly pointed out the fiscal and logical problems with the project. Examples included the high cost of job creation and the over $100 dollars estimated cost per ticket the taxpayers would fund.
In the last couple of months resistance to High Speed Rail only increased despite the best efforts of special interest groups. Most notably, proponents of High Speed Rail brought in the Prime Minister of Japan to pitch the project to Gov. Scott. There were plans introduced that part of project would be financed through private companies.
In the end, the High Speed Rail Project could not overcome the cost or even logic of the project. Scott’s decision was very logical and popular.
Everett Wilkinson, Chairman of South Florida Tea Party & Florida State Coordinator for Tea Party Patriots, said “Governor Rick Scott is again shows that he will do what is best for ‘We The People” and ignore special interests. Let’s see if the rest of the Florida Legislature will follow in his foot steps.”
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