Yes, the primary campaign was contentious, and many activists had well-founded concerns about Rick Scott though they voted for him in the general election. But now Scott has earned high praise from the Divas for meaningfully demonstrating his commitment to limited government and the US Constitution by telling Slow Joe Biden thanks but no thanks to another high-speed rail, taxpayer-soaking boondoggle. An excerpt of his statement from Florida.gov:
- My decision to reject the project comes down to three main economic realities:
o First – capital cost overruns from the project could put Florida taxpayers on the hook for an additional $3 billion.
o Second – ridership and revenue projections are historically overly-optimistic and would likely result in ongoing subsidies that state taxpayers would have to incur. (from $300 million – $575 million over 10 years) – Note: The state subsidizes Tri-Rail $34.6 million a year while passenger revenues covers only $10.4 million of the $64 million annual operating budget.
o Finally – if the project becomes too costly for taxpayers and is shut down, the state would have to return the $2.4 billion in federal funds to D.C.
We hereby declare Florida Governor Rick Scott a Diva Dude. Keep up the excellent work, Governor!
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