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Scott in DC unfazed by rail lawsuit



img_2875.jpgGov. Rick Scott, in Washington to promote Florida tourism, was unfazed by the lawsuit against him.

"I am very comfortable that I am representing the taxpayers of the state," Scott said when asked about the suit and whether he felt he was on sound legal footing.

He again restated his opposition to high-speed rail, citing potential cost overruns and other liabilities that advocates insist will be covered by private companies. "I've not been convinced that the state's not going to be on the hook for all of these things, the taxpayers are not. And no one has shown me anything different."

Told the Florida Supreme Court gave him until noon tomorrow to respond, Scott said, "We'll respond."

Later Scott released a statement: “My position remains unchanged, I’ve yet to see any evidence that Florida taxpayers would not be on the hook. Senators Altman and Joyner’s disrespect for taxpayers is clear by their lawsuit trying to force the state to spend this money.”

[Last modified: Tuesday, March 1, 2011 5:47pm]


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