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Editorial: In Florida, a governor's narrow train of thought

(The following editorial appeared on the Tampa Bay Tribune website on March 13, 2011.)

TAMPA, Fla. — Gov. Rick Scott rejected funding for high-speed rail in Florida because he didn't believe the private ridership study that projected it would operate at a profit.

He also didn't trust the federal promise that state taxpayers were not at risk. He didn't believe business leaders that it would be an economic boon. He had no faith in the construction bids that would have come from private companies.

His inflexible skepticism of rail is celebrated by his supporters as proof he has the courage of his convictions. A conviction unaffected by all contradictory evidence also suggests arrogance.

The full editorial is on the Tampa Bay Tribune website.

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

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