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Charlie Crist: train/rental car-tax special session close.

Gov. Charlie Crist today said he was "hopefully optimistic" that House and Senate leaders can get a broad consensus to call a special legislative session to provide a dedicated source of money for South Florida's Tri-Rail and Central Florida's SunRail project in order to draw down federal money for yet another train, the bullet train.

The call could come as early as this week (and "hopefully" before Thanksgiving, Crist said). The session could last about a week and could be in either December or January.

“I think the federal government has certainly made it relatively clear that if we can show our commitment to rail here in Florida, then we have a much greater opportunity for the bullet train funds from the federal government,” Crist said.

Huh? "certainly... relatively clear?" Whatever.

Anyway, where would the money come from?

Crist: “We're working on that. What’s being discussed involves in my conversations with the Senate President, involves rental cars. That’s one of the issues that we’re dealing with: that if there’s a $2 fee on rental cars, how that would be applied and how that would be allowed, whether by a referendum, a vote of the county commissions for those counties involved or a supermajority vote of those county commissions.”

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