Rail or no rail, Florida could owe feds millions

(The following appeared on the Florida Times-Union website on March 7, 2011.)

JACKSONVILLE, Fla. It would cost $2.7 billion to build a high speed rail between Orlando and Tampa.

But U.S. Sen. Bill Nelson is arguing that it may end up costing state taxpayers even if the project dies.

Nelson, D-Fla., said the current plan to construct a high speed rail will not cost the state anything. But if the project is abandoned, the state will have to reimburse $110 million to $130 million to the federal government.

Last week, Scott's general counsel, Charles Trippe, told the Florida Supreme Court that $110 million of the money has already been spent.

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

Tuesday, March 8, 2011
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