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Opinion: High-speed rail means prosperity for Florida's future

(The following column appeared on the Florida Times-Union website on March 17, 2011.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. — Imagine what life in Florida would be like if, in the 1950s, we had declined to accept federal money to construct the interstate highways because it required us to pay 20 percent of the construction cost (including cost overruns) and it required us to pay for ongoing maintenance.

It took over 40 years to complete these highways at a cost much higher than expected in 1950, but it was an economic imperative.

I am happy that my parents and grandparents, and former governors and legislators, made this investment in my future.

High-speed rail is not for me or for my children. It is for my grandchildren and future generations of Floridians.

The full column is on the Florida Times-Union website.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

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