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Ex-Fla. state senator says Gov. Scott flip-flopped on high-speed rail funds

(Source: Tampa Tribune, October 30, 2013)

TAMPA, Fla. Former state Sen. Paula Dockery, a former political ally of Gov. Rick Scott but now a critic, says Scott assured her shortly after taking office in early 2011 that he planned to accept $2.4 billion in federal economic stimulus money for a Tampa-Orlando high-speed rail system. That was days before he announced he was rejecting the money, creating a national political stir. Democrats, rail advocates and others have criticized Scott for turning down the high-speed plan, saying it cost Florida an opportunity to create jobs while getting started on a system that could alleviate Central Florida's bad and worsening traffic congestion.

Full story: Tampa Tribune

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

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