While Gov. Rick Scott looks to trim the $69.7 billion state budget, lawmakers put him — and Florida taxpayers — in a fiscal box with one big-ticket item: SunRail.
Scott has been weighing a decision on the $1.2 billion project for months. Having rejected $2.4 billion in federal funds for a proposed high-speed rail venture earlier this year, SunRail appeared ripe for derailment as well.
But Scott may green-light the Central Florida line after all. The reason: He was boxed in by Republican legislators who previously committed state funds, and pushed the controversial project past the point of no return. Convening a special session in December 2009, then-state Senate President Jeff Atwater was joined by U.S. Sens. Bill Nelson, D-Fla., and George LeMieux, R-Fla in supporting the project.
Also on board: state Sen. Mike Haridopolos and Florida House Majority Leader Adam Hasner who, along with LeMieux, are now vying for the U.S. Senate seat held by Nelson. It was all backslaps and handshakes when then-Gov. Charlie Crist signed off on the rail deals.
With the tea party movement distracted by the battle over Obama’s health-care bill in Washington, Tallahassee’s politicians ran under the radar. SunRail, which had been defeated twice before at the Legislature, was getting on track.
Fax, call, and e-mail Governor Scott asking him to NOT approve SunRail.
~ The costs are misleading and are ballooning.
~ SunRail is destined for financial failure
~ Floridians will end up owning SunRail and all of its problems
~ Governor Scott should consider Senator Dockery’s suggested alternatives.
~ Taxpayers of Volusia, Orange, Seminole and Osceola will be required to come up with $90 million likely robbing from their road construction dollars, or from new taxes while never having a chance to vote to do so.
Please copy newly sworn-in Florida Department of Transportation Secretary on your correspondence as well so he knows the public sentiment on this project. Please circulate this action alert to your contacts.
Office of Governor Rick Scott
State of Florida
400 S. Monroe St.
Tallahassee, FL 32399-0001
(850) 487-0801 (fax)
Ananth Prasad, P.E., Secretary
Department of Transportation
605 Suwannee Street
Tallahassee, Florida 32399-0450
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