Hillsborough commissioners rescind letter urging Scott to rethink rail
Last month, a majority of Hillsborough County commissioners agreed to sign a letter urging Gov. Rick Scott not to reject $2.4 billion in federal money to build high-speed rail between Tampa and Orlando. But Commissioner Sandy Murman didn't like the language drafted by county staff, specifically a phrase asking the governor to reconsider his decision. Not the way you talk to a governor, Murman felt. So on Wednesday she got commissioners to agree not to send the letter after all. Even when Commissioner Kevin Beckner suggested a slight tweak to remove the offending language, Murman said the governor's stance, initially taken and then reaffirmed, have made clear to her that it's a moot point. Beckner pursued a vote of support anyway, which died on a 3-3 vote, with Murman, Chairman Al Higginbotham and Victor Crist voting no. Commissioner Ken Hagan had already left the meeting. Maybe there's a reason the region's mayors decided to team up in an effort to rescue the project without involving their county commissions.