Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Feb. 16 that he is rejecting the federal stimulus funding for the proposed high-speed rail project.
The proposed project had garnered considerable support, including limited approval from Rep. John Mica, the Orlando Republican who now heads the House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee. But project opponents were numerous, too, and duly noted their skepticism about estimates for future ridership and construction costs. Ultimately, the opponents were able to persuade Gov. Scott to kill the plan.
In a press release, the governor stated: "This project would be far too costly to taxpayers and I believe the risk far outweighs the benefits."
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