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Connecticut gov on CNN with Scott tells him he'll take his rail money

Florida Gov. Rick Scott appeared with Connecticut Gov. Dannel Malloy today on CNN's State of the Union with Candy Crowley, talking about budget cuts, tax cuts and more. Here's an exchange, courtesy of CNN, on federal high-speed rail money that Scott has turned down for Florida:

CROWLEY: And, Governor Scott, let me just ask you, you have turned down $2.4 billion from the federal government to build high-speed rail between Orlando and Tampa. You have been given another week to think about it. Is there any chance in you know where that you would accept that money even if it went to local governments rather than the state?
SCOTT: What I have said all along is our taxpayers aren't going to take the risk of the cost overrun in building it. It could be $3 billion, the operating costs. We already have a train that goes from Palm Beach to Miami. Only one-sixth of the cost of operation is covered by the fares. On top of that...
CROWLEY: No way no how?
SCOTT: Pardon?
CROWLEY: No way no how you are going to take that money.
SCOTT: I haven't seen how they can do it.
MALLOY: But I'll take some -- I'll take some of that money...
CROWLEY: You'll take some of his...
MALLOY: ... and we'll spend it on Metro North and New Haven to Hartford.
CROWLEY: But I guess that's up to you guys.
SCOTT: I want the money for our ports. I mean, look at -- we have got the Panama Canal expansion, we've got the expansion of the economies to Central and South America, put that money into the Florida ports. That's where we want that money spent.

-- Amy Hollyfield

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Randall McMurphy

Wow, an honest comment from Rick Scott--"I want the money for our ports." So he DOES want the money; he just wants himself to have control of it. Typical egotistical BS from Governor MedFraud.

Kathy h

Is there any valid reason why the Florida Department of Transportation has made the Florida High Speed Rail website unavailable to the public?

I wanted to read more about it, but a not on the site says site is not available.

Nascar Dad

It's a perfectly sane comment. He rejects feeral oney for a high speed rail system between Tampa and Orlando that will be used mainly by tourists, but put Florida taxpayers on the hook for billions in cost overruns and future maintenance. That's bad for the economy.

Instead, he would like to see the money spent to update our ports where products arrive every day to be used by Floridians and many other people in the south and along the east coast. That actually helps our economy.

SamW

Rick Scott is just an idiot. He is the joke of Florida. Good Job Flori-DUH electing this clown.

whasup

Last I heard Connecticut was one of those states with bankrupt cities already. Maybe Crowley should have asked their Governor how cities there got into such financial ruin.

Tad

Attaboy, Rick!

Matt

The Secretary of Transportation and numerous local officials have said and pledged the state and it's taxpayers will not be on the hook. With fuel over 3 bucks a gallon it's time to take this first step and give taxpayers the choice to use a transportation mode that uses domestic American electricity! Do the right thing Governor Scott!

Toni Lolk

Gov Scott did the right thing.....Metro has never paid its own way the special interests of the Florida Rail Roads should expand out of there pocket not mine.....when does this end when we in Florida are as broke as detroit, San Fran, New haven? mass rail is a boondoggle we dont need moe homes for lazy people to steal money from the taxpayers do the research not even NYC Subways pay there own way....AMTRAC has never paid its own way in its history

Ja

and exactly how is turning down the rail money
going to get you money for the ports?

Elizabeth

I too want the money for the Port. Governor Scott forgot domestic trade between Florida and Puerto Rico. Puerto Rico is not international is domestic and we have been at the end of the palo!

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