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Maryland wants high-speed rail funds

(The following appeared on the Washington Post website on February 18, 2011.)

WASHINGTON, D.C. — If other states don't want federal funding to build the Obama administration's proposed national network of high-speed rail lines, Maryland would be happy to have the money they spurn.

Gov. Martin O'Malley spelled that out Friday in a letter to U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood.

Three newly elected Republican governors -- Florida's Rick Scott, Wisconsin's Scott Walker and Ohio's John Kasich -- have rejected federal money for high-speed rail, citing concern that their state's taxpayers might be saddled with cost overruns.

In his letter to LaHood, O'Malley expressed no such reservations.

The full story appears on the Washington Post website.

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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