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The letter that allowed the rail deal

In the end, billions of hoped-for federal money to build a high-speed rail, and hundreds of millions more for Central and South Florida commuter rail hinged on just one letter from Florida Department of Transportation Secretary Stephanie Kopelousos to Senate President Jeff Atwater. The letter gives the AFL-CIO some sense of job security for its rail signalmen. The union dropped its objections and that meant more Democrats could vote for the bill.

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