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Scott says he could not kill SunRail

Gov. Rick Scott said today that his attorneys told him he couldn't stop the controversial commuter rail line in Central Florida known as SunRail.

"They said there was significant risk I would lose," Scott said about a potential lawsuit. Scott appeared before the annual meeting of the Florida Society of News Editors for about 20 minutes. He took six questions, three of which were about a lack of transparency and new hurdles to obtaining public records.

Scott earned national headlines after he refused billions in federal money to build a high-speed rail line in Florida. "SunRail and the high-speed rail are clearly two different projects," Scott said.

Scott said Central Florida cities and counties will have to pay for much of the cost and that the state money will be taken out of those communities share of road and bridge cash. "These local communities are on the hook," he said.

Scott also said he didn't know whether the state would be involved in SunRail had he been governor three years ago. "I walked in with this set of facts," Scott said.

[Last modified: Friday, July 1, 2011 2:02pm]


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