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VP Biden slams Florida governor over high-speed rail

(The following appeared on the Miami Herald website on March 23, 2011.)

TAMPA — Vice President Joe Biden chastised Gov. Rick Scott in Tampa on Wednesday, saying he cost Florida thousands of jobs and cutting-edge infrastructure improvements by rejecting $2.4 billion in federal funding for high-speed rail.

“Your governor, God bless him — I don’t know him — but I don’t get it,” Biden said at a private fundraising reception for Sen. Bill Nelson.

“You had the chance. You were the best situated of all the states in the country to put a truly high-speed line from Tampa through Orlando that would have made money,” Biden told more than 150 people, who booed the mention of Scott’s name. “Even if you were doubtful, I don’t understand how in this economy in Florida you could walk away from 24,000 high-paying jobs.”

Scott rejected the stimulus funding for high-speed rail in February, saying he worried it wouldn’t be cost-effective and Florida taxpayers would ultimately be on the hook for cost overruns and subsidies.

The full story is on the Miami Herald website.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

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