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Gov. Scott takes credit for budget cuts in D.C. but jumps on the wrong train



Gov. Rick Scott this afternoon sent out a chest-thumping news release about the high-speed rail money that was cut as part of the budget deal Friday night in Washington.

"This weekend as Washington, D.C., insiders struggled to find billions to prevent a government shutdown, they found $1.5 billion worth of taxpayer money exactly where Governor Rick Scott left it: in the boondoggle high speed rail proposal.

“I am proud to have brought this waste to the attention of those in Washington. These funds should either be returned to taxpayers as tax cuts or applied to reducing the burden that our national debt is passing to future generations."

But the money left on the chopping block Friday is not part of the $2.4 billion that Scott rejected earlier this year. "The cut in the (continuing resolution) will not effect existing grants and is not the money declined by Florida," an official with the U.S. Department of Transportation told the Buzz. About two dozen states have applied for those funds.

It's also worth noting that Scott wanted the federal money for Florida -- only for ports, not high speed rail.

[Last modified: Monday, April 11, 2011 6:56pm]


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